Imagine being able to build and use a robotic device without the need for expensive, specialist kit or skills. That is the vision that researchers from the University of Bristol have turned into reality, creating a lightweight, affordable and simple solution for everyday users.
While multiple robotic arm devices already exist, most are heavy, expensive and outside the reach of individuals who lack the expertise to use them.
Mantis, designed by experts in human-computer interaction from Bristol’s world-renowned team of engineers, is the first system of its kind that enables light, affordable and accessible haptic force feedback.
Human beings have five senses, but electronic devices communicate with us using predominantly just two: sight and hearing. Haptic feedback (often shortened to just haptics) changes this by simulating the sense of touch. Not only can you touch a computer or other device, but the computer can touch you back. A force feedback is a particular kind that can provide force.
Theoretically, the Mantis could be built and used by anyone upwards from a secondary school student. Not only that, researcher say the Mantis can be built for 20 times less the expense of the market equivalent because it uses components, including brushless motors, that cost significantly less than high-fidelity equivalents that are often confined to research labs.
“Humans already have a great sense of touch. Mantis expands on this innate ability by enabling people to touch and feel 3D objects, adding more depth to the VR experience,” says lead researcher Dr Anne Roudaut, from Bristol’s Department of Computer Science.
“Imagine a user playing a game in Virtual Reality with Mantis attached to their fingers. They could then touch and feel virtual objects, thus immersing themselves both visually and physically in an alternative dimension.”
Dr Roudaut and her PhD student Gareth Barnaby, are in New Orleans (19-23 October) presenting the Mantis at the User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) conference, the premier forum for innovations in human-computer interfaces that brings together people from graphical and web user interfaces, tangible and ubiquitous computing, and virtual and augmented reality.
Project Mantis is also supported by a new a spin-out venture, Senmag Robotics, which researchers hope will enable them to progress their design to market, starting with the production and testing of the first kits ready for release by the end of the year.
“We will be giving out the plans to allow anyone to build a Mantis,” adds Gareth Barnaby. “Because we are keen to make force feedback devices more widespread and not confined to research labs, we are also looking to produce some easy to build kits as well as pre-built versions that we will make available on the website.”
Learn more: New haptic arm places robotics within easy reach
The Latest on: Haptic force feedback
via Google News
The Latest on: Haptic force feedback
- Microsoft Research Reveals CapstanCrunch VR Haptic Control Methodon October 28, 2019 at 8:40 am
Furthermore, the level of force is automatically ... to use it with visual feedback, voice coil actuators, and dexterity. “The TORC project team enabled natural haptic interactions, such as ...
- Why the Surface Neo could work, but a dual-screen MacBook would be horribleon October 26, 2019 at 8:00 am
But trust me, it’s not a good idea. According to Patently Apple, Apple is working on a virtual keyboard that uses haptic feedback and electrostatic sensations to mimic a hardware keyboard. The former ...
- Haptic Technology Market Growth, Size, Analysis, Outlook by 2019 – Trends, Opportunities and Forecast to 2025on October 23, 2019 at 8:28 pm
Tactile feedback segment in the haptic technology market has witnessed high revenue and growth prospects in ... Players operating in the haptic technology market include SMK Electronics, Immersion ...
- Innovative robotic training system to reduce catheter procedure complicationson October 23, 2019 at 7:43 pm
The new project will use the team's innovative concept of dynamic haptic robotic training (DHRT), where a programmable robot is used to apply force to a surgical resident's hand to replicate ...
- Steering By Touch And Haptic Feedbackon October 22, 2019 at 4:11 pm
The driver is guided by haptic feedback that alerts them about the road conditions or obstacles ahead ... Fellow graduate student [Frank van Valeknhoef]’s Haptic Engines are used as the actuators, ...
- Mantis haptic robot arm is simple enough for anyone to useon October 21, 2019 at 6:59 am
The team calls the robot arm Mantis, and it was designed to offer a lightweight, affordable, and accessible haptic force feedback device. Haptic feedback aims to simulate the sense of touch. The team ...
- Bristol’s ‘lightweight, affordable’ Mantis arms bring force feedback out of the labon October 21, 2019 at 4:31 am
A new “lightweight, affordable and simple” force feedback device could bring immersive virtual reality (VR) out of the research laboratory. Designed for tactile human-computer interaction, the ...
- New haptic arm places robotics within easy reachon October 20, 2019 at 4:02 am
Mantis, designed by experts in human-computer interaction from Bristol's world-renowned team of engineers, is the first system of its kind that enables light, affordable and accessible haptic force ...
- Haptics Technology Market Set for Rapid Growthon October 15, 2019 at 6:13 am
Haptic technology refers to an interface across end user and networked devices which offers force feedback and tactile feedback to its users via sense of touch by smearing forces, vibrations and ...
- Apple Pencil could gain magnet-based force feedback in a future refreshon October 8, 2019 at 8:58 am
The Apple Pencil could provide its users with form of haptic feedback in a future version, with the use of magnetic fields physically affecting the stylus while it is actively being used to draw on an ...
via Bing News