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Asymmetric Interface and Interactions for Bimanual Virtual Assembly With Haptics

[+] Author Affiliations
Vikram S. Vyawahare, Richard T. Stone

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Paper No. DETC2012-71543, pp. 29-37; 9 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 32nd Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4501-1
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper discusses development of a new bimanual interface configuration for virtual assembly consisting of a haptic device at one hand and a 6DOF tracking device at the other hand. The two devices form a multimodal interaction configuration facilitating unique interactions for virtual assembly. Tasks for virtual assembly can consist of both “one hand one object” and “bimanual single object” interactions. For one hand one object interactions this device configuration offers advantages in terms of increased manipulation workspace and provides a tradeoff between the cost effectiveness and mode of feedback. For bimanual single object manipulation an interaction method developed using this device configuration improves the realism and facilitates variation in precision of task of bimanual single object orientation. Furthermore another interaction method to expand the haptic device workspace using this configuration is introduced. The applicability of both these methods to the field of virtual assembly is discussed.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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