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Haptic Device Evaluation in Microgravity

J. Payette, V. Hayward, C. Ramstein Haptic interfaces can create under computer control the tactile and kinesthesic sensations. One application is to allow operators to touch virtual objects, for example, icons of graphical displays. An experiment has been designed at the Canadian Astronaut Program to evaluate a haptic device (see ``A Two DOF Planar Haptic Interface: The Pantograph'') in microgravity and compare it to a coventional trackball device. Microgravity flight experiments occurred in late summer 1995. A new generation device is being designed and constructed with a view to a Shuttle experiment.

Thierry Baron
Mon Apr 7 12:54:24 EDT 1997