Haptic Augmentation Utilizing the Reaction Force of a Base Object
Yuichi Kurita*, Atsutoshi Ikeda**, Kazuyuki Nagata***,
and Tsukasa Ogasawara**
*Faculty of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8527, Japan
**Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192, Japan
***National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568, Japan
A haptic device is one of the interfaces promising as a human-computer interaction tool that provides users with information in a virtual reality environment. The proposed haptic augmentation presents the force response of an object by combining the force generated from a haptic device against the force response generated from the base object, which has material properties similar to those of the target object. In this paper, the concept of a haptic augmentation technique is described and the prototype of a haptic augmentation system is developed. Frequency characteristics and experiments by human participants show that the proposed method has better performance than a traditional device-only method.
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