Making Sense of Haptics

Fundamentals of Perception and Implications for Device Design

  • Femke Elise┬ávan Beek

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  3. Static Perception

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  4. Dynamic Perception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
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  5. Applications

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About this book


Tele operation systems, in which robots are controlled remotely, are a potential solution to performing tasks in remote, small, and hazardous environments. However, there is a big disadvantage to these systems; as the direct connection between the human and the environment is lost and operators are deprived of their sense of touch. The recreation of touch feedback through haptic devices is a possible solution, however haptic devices are far from perfect and improving their design is usually a slow trial-and-error process.

This book describes 7 scientific studies that try to break this slow loop by using a deductive approach. Through investigating fundamental properties of human haptic perception using psychophysical paradigms, general knowledge on haptic perception of force, position, movement and hardness was gained. The resulting information can be applied to many different haptic devices. Consequently haptic systems can be more easily designed in an intuitive, human-centered way.


Perception Haptics Psychophysics Perceptual Biases Teleoperation

Authors and affiliations

  • Femke Elise┬ávan Beek
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  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-69919-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-69920-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-2977
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-2985
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