Encyclopedia of Multimedia

2008 Edition
| Editors: Borko Furht

Haptic Devices

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-78414-4_331
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Definition

Haptic devices provide sense of sensing the temperature and pressure, grasping, and feeling the surface textures of an object.

Haptics is a new media that deals with the sense of “touch.” It provides an interface for the user to interact with objects through synthesized touch. Haptic devices provide sense of sensing the temperature and pressure, grasping, and feeling the surface textures in details of an object, while force haptic devices provide users with the sense of general shape, coarse texture and the position of an object. Apparently, tactile haptic device is more difficult to create than that of kinesthetic. Due to technical problems, currently there is no single haptic device that could combine these two sensations together. Figure 1 below shows some example haptic devices.
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