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Investigation of the touch sensitivity of ER fluid based tactile display
Author(s): Yanju Liu; Rob Davidson; Paul Taylor
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Paper Abstract

A tactile display is programmable device whose controlled surface is intended to be investigated by human touch. It has a great number of potential applications in the field of virtual reality and elsewhere. In this research, a 5x5 touch sensitive tactile display array including electrorheological (ER) fluid has been developed and investigated. Experimental results show that the sensed surface information could be controlled effectively by adjusting the voltage activation pattern imposed on the tactels. In the meantime, it is possible to sense the touching force normal to the display’s surface by monitoring the change of current passing through the ER fluid. These encouraging results are helpful for constructing a new type of tactile display based on ER fluid which can act as both sensor and actuator at the same time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5764, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (17 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.598713
Show Author Affiliations
Yanju Liu, Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom)
Rob Davidson, Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom)
Paul Taylor, Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5764:
Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Alison B. Flatau, Editor(s)

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