Engineering Haptic Devices

A Beginner's Guide

  • Christian Hatzfeld
  • Thorsten A. Kern

Part of the Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems book series (SSTHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christian Hatzfeld, Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 3-28
    3. Christian Hatzfeld
      Pages 29-100
    4. Thorsten A. Kern, Christian Hatzfeld
      Pages 101-123
    5. Christian Hatzfeld, Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 125-141
  3. Designing Haptic Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-144
    2. Thorsten A. Kern, Christian Hatzfeld
      Pages 145-167
    3. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 169-179
    4. Thomas Opitz, Oliver Meckel
      Pages 181-225
    5. Sebastian Kassner
      Pages 227-252
    6. Henry Haus, Thorsten A. Kern, Marc Matysek, Stephanie Sindlinger
      Pages 253-371
    7. Jacqueline Rausch, Thorsten A. Kern, Christian Hatzfeld
      Pages 373-442
    8. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 443-456
    9. Alexander Rettig
      Pages 457-501
    10. Carsten Neupert, Christian Hatzfeld
      Pages 503-524
    11. Limin Zeng, Gerhard Weber, Ingo Zoller, Peter Lotz, Thorsten A. Kern, Jörg Reisinger et al.
      Pages 525-554
    12. Christian Hatzfeld, Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 555-556
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 557-573

About this book


In this greatly reworked second edition of Engineering Haptic Devices the psychophysic content has been thoroughly revised and updated. Chapters on haptic interaction, system structures and design methodology were rewritten from scratch to include further basic principles and recent findings. New chapters on the evaluation of haptic systems and the design of three exemplary haptic systems from science and industry have been added.

This book was written for students and engineers that are faced with the development of a task-specific haptic system. It is a reference book for the basics of haptic interaction and existing haptic systems and methods as well as an excellent source of information for technical questions arising in the design process of systems and components.

Divided into two parts, part I contains typical application areas of haptic systems and a thorough analysis of haptics as an interaction modality. The role of the user in the design of haptic systems is discussed and relevant design and development stages are outlined. Part II presents all relevant problems in the design of haptic systems including general system and control structures, kinematic structures, actuator principles and sensors for force and kinematic measures. Further chapters examine interfaces and software development for virtual reality simulations.


Design Methodology Haptic Interaction Haptic System Design Psychophysic Content Virtual Reality Systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Hatzfeld
    • 1
  • Thorsten A. Kern
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Elektromechanische KonstrukTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.AlsbachGermany

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