Haptic Interactive Deformable Models
MetadataShow full item record
Haptic devices are devices that emulate the sense of touch through a force feedback mechanism that enables users to physically interact with virtual objects. This supplementary element of interaction allows users to experience and understand phenomena in a manner previously unexplored. By allowing users to receive kinesthetic and tactile feedback, haptic devices can improve design and decision-making. Utilized in industry for purposes such as: training doctors for surgery in non-invasive method, virtual design of 3-D models by designers and artists, and site characteristic exploration by geologists; haptic devices have been employed to improve understanding of systems. To extend this endeavor to the field of engineering, an application to bolster engineer students’ comprehension of common mechanics concepts is developed. The goal of this application is to allow users to interact with common mechanics systems, such as: a cantilever beam, a tie bar with circular connections, or a hinge system and consequently observe the system responses as a function of the design parameters. By allowing students to choose design parameters in advance of interacting with the models, they will develop an understanding of the parameter’s role in the system as a whole. Through moderating the feedback the haptic device outputs to the user as a function of system properties, the user will physically experience the changes in system dynamics. Furthermore, by allowing users to change the combination of chosen design parameters, the application will foster student’s understanding of the influence of parameters on the system as whole. Ideally, this application will boost student’s learning comprehension of mechanics of materials and demonstrate an innovative interactive method to teach engineering students.
Riyaj Ahamed, Shafeeq I (2016). Haptic Interactive Deformable Models. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from