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Haptic interfaces using dielectric electroactive polymers
Author(s): Muzaffer Y. Ozsecen; Mark Sivak; Constantinos Mavroidis
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Paper Abstract

Quality, amplitude and frequency of the interaction forces between a human and an actuator are essential traits for haptic applications. A variety of Electro-Active Polymer (EAP) based actuators can provide these characteristics simultaneously with quiet operation, low weight, high power density and fast response. This paper demonstrates a rolled Dielectric Elastomer Actuator (DEA) being used as a telepresence device in a heart beat measurement application. In the this testing, heart signals were acquired from a remote location using a wireless heart rate sensor, sent through a network and DEA was used to haptically reproduce the heart beats at the medical expert's location. A series of preliminary human subject tests were conducted that demonstrated that a) DE based haptic feeling can be used in heart beat measurement tests and b) through subjective testing the stiffness and actuator properties of the EAP can be tuned for a variety of applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7647, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2010, 764737 (1 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847244
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Muzaffer Y. Ozsecen, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Mark Sivak, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Constantinos Mavroidis, Northeastern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7647:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2010
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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