Using a Fingertip Tactile Device to Substitute Kinesthetic Feedback in Haptic Interaction

  • Domenico Prattichizzo
  • Claudio Pacchierotti
  • Stefano Cenci
  • Kouta Minamizawa
  • Giulio Rosati
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6191)


A prototype of a joystick where the kinesthetic feedback is substituted by tactile feedback is proposed. Tactile feedback is provided by a wearable device able to apply vertical stress to the fingertip in contact with the joystick. To test the device, rigid wall rendering is considered. Preliminary experiments show that the sensation of touching a virtual wall using the force feedback provided by the electric motor of the joystick is nearly indistinguishable from the sensation felt by the user using the tactile display only. The proposed device does not suffer from typical stability issues of teleoperation systems and is intrinsically safe.


tactile display force rendering stability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Domenico Prattichizzo
    • 1
  • Claudio Pacchierotti
    • 1
  • Stefano Cenci
    • 2
  • Kouta Minamizawa
    • 4
  • Giulio Rosati
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Information EngineeringUniversity of SienaItaly
  2. 2.Italian Institute of TechnologyGenovaItaly
  3. 3.Dept. of Innovation in Mechanics and ManagementUniversity of PaduaItaly
  4. 4.Graduate School of Media DesignUniversity of KeioJapan

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