Haptics in Engineering Design
Haptics is the study of touch, and its application in engineering has risen in recent years due to emergence of many new technologies that can emulate and measure feel. Haptics offer a new medium through which a product can communicate with it’s user, as well as new and exciting tools with which to develop products and processes. From aeronautic control systems, to video-game controllers, to the phone in your pocket, haptics are infiltrating modern technology.
Often used as a feedback mechanism, employing a force or vibrotactile response, haptics are a new and powerful method of communication between humans and objects.
This research project aims to identify and investigate the ways that haptics can be used to augment and enhance engineering design and manufacture.
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