Encyclopedia of Robotics

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Haptics and Haptic Interfaces

  • Katherine J. KuchenbeckerEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-41610-1_19-1



Haptics is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to both understand and engineer touch-based interaction. Although a wide range of systems and applications are being investigated, haptics researchers often concentrate on perception and manipulation through the human hand.

A haptic interfaceis a mechatronic system that modulates the physical interaction between a human and his or her tangible surroundings. Haptic interfaces typically involve mechanical, electrical, and computational layers that work together to sense user motions or forces, quickly...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Haptic Intelligence DepartmentMax Planck Institute for Intelligent SystemsStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied MechanicsUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jee-Hwan Ryu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringKorea University of Technology & EducationCheon-AnRepublic of Korea