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Design and Development of Two Concepts for a 4 DOF Portable Haptic Interface With Active and Passive Multi-Point Force Feedback for the Index Finger

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Mark J. Lelieveld, Tetsuo Tomiyama

Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Takashi Maeno

Keio University, Yokohama, Japan

Paper No. DETC2006-99111, pp. 547-556; 10 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 30th Annual Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4256-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


This research aims to develop a portable haptic master hand with 20 degrees of freedom (DOF). Master hands are used as haptic interfaces in master-slave systems. A master-slave system consists of a haptic interface that communicates with a virtual world or an end-effector for tele-operation, such as a robot hand. The thumb and fingers are usually modeled as a serial linkage mechanism with 4 DOF. So far, no 20 DOF master hands have been developed that can exert perpendicular forces on the finger phalanges during the complete flexion and extension motion. In this paper, the design and development of two concepts of a portable 4 DOF haptic interface for the index finger is presented. Concept A is a statically balanced haptic interface with a rolling-link mechanism (RLM) and an integrated constant torque spring per DOF for perpendicular and active force feedback. Concept B utilizes a mechanical tape brake at the RLM for passive force feedback. The systematic Pahl and Beitz design approach is used as an iterative design method.

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