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Transmission System Improvements in Actuating a Desktop Haptic Strip for Exploration of Virtual Objects

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Mario Covarrubias, Monica Bordegoni, Umberto Cugini, Michele Antolini

Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Paper No. DETC2011-48941, pp. 545-553; 9 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 2011 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5480-8
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This paper describes the servo actuated transmission system required to drive a desktop haptic strip interface. The haptic strip is a mechatronic device which is used for exploration of virtual surfaces with aesthetic value. The simulation of tasks, such as the exploration of aesthetic real surfaces made by industrial designers in order to check the quality of prototypes, require full hand contact with the shape on a one-to-one scaled representation of the object. Our mechatronic device allows a continuous, free hand contact on a developable real plastic tape actuated by a servo-controlled mechanism in which is used the tessellation approach. In fact, the triangular mesh simplifies the conformation of the developable real surface as the virtual one. This paper discusses the design concept, novel kinematics and mechanics, improvements of the transmission system and control for the Desktop Strip.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Haptics , Strips



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