© 2012

Performance Metrics for Haptic Interfaces


Part of the Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems book series (SSTHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Basic Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Evren Samur
      Pages 3-7
    3. Evren Samur
      Pages 9-26
    4. Evren Samur
      Pages 27-39
  3. Physical Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Evren Samur
      Pages 67-77
  4. Psychophysical Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Evren Samur
      Pages 107-115
  5. Synthesis of Evaluation Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Evren Samur
      Pages 119-123
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 125-129

About this book


Haptics technology is being used more and more in different applications, such as in computer games for increased immersion, in surgical simulators to create a realistic environment for training of surgeons, in surgical robotics due to safety issues and in mobile phones to provide feedback from user action. The existence of these applications highlights a clear need to understand performance metrics for haptic interfaces and their implications on device design, use and application. Performance Metrics for Haptic Interfaces aims at meeting this need by establishing standard practices for the evaluation of haptic interfaces and by identifying significant performance metrics.

Towards this end, a combined physical and psychophysical experimental methodology is presented. Firstly, existing physical performance measures and device characterization techniques are investigated and described in an illustrative way. Secondly, a wide range of human psychophysical experiments are reviewed and the appropriate ones are applied to haptic interactions. The psychophysical experiments are unified as a systematic and complete evaluation method for haptic interfaces. Finally, synthesis of both evaluation methods is discussed.

The metrics provided in this state-of-the-art volume will guide readers in evaluating the performance of any haptic interface. The generic methodology will enable researchers to experimentally assess the suitability of a haptic interface for a specific purpose, to characterize and compare devices quantitatively and to identify possible improvement strategies in the design of a system.


Device Evaluation Force Feedback Haptics Psychophysics Tactile Feedback

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Robotic Systems LaboratoryÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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