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Engineering Haptic Devices

A Beginner's Guide for Engineers

  • Thorsten A. Kern
  • Covers all issues important for the design of haptic displays.

  • The first introduction into the wide area of haptic engineering

  • Focus on engineering aspects of haptic systems


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Some Basics of Haptics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 5-18
    3. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 19-33
    4. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 35-58
    5. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 59-93
    6. Thorsten A. Kern, Oliver Meckel
      Pages 95-110
  3. Designing Haptic Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 115-129
    3. Oliver Meckel
      Pages 131-163
    4. Andreas Röse
      Pages 165-190
    5. Thorsten A. Kern, Marc Matysek, Stephanie Sindlinger
      Pages 191-312
    6. Jacqueline Rausch
      Pages 313-356
    7. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 357-372
    8. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 373-385
    9. Alexander Rettig
      Pages 387-429
    10. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 431-433
  4. Appendix

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 435-435
    2. Thorsten A. Kern
      Pages 437-441

About this book


Tactile perception and haptics are essential for us, as we gain information about structures and surface properties of physical objects by using the sense of touch. Haptics also enables us to manipulate the physical world. The emphasis of this book is put on technologies for artificially deceiving our haptic perception.

First, examples and a definition of haptics from a physiological point of view are given. Thereby, one focus is on cases of loss of haptics in everyday professional routine, in order to emphasize the impact of haptics. Then, an overview of products with extraordinary haptic properties leads to a more precise terminology.

 In the second part of the book, concrete technical aspects of haptic manipulation and manipulators are considered beginning with higher-level subjects like control and kinematics and proceeding with a detailed discussion of actuators and sensors and the interfaces to and from the mechanical environment. In the final chapter fundamental software engineering is introduced, including haptic interaction in virtual reality simulations.

 "Engineering Haptic Devices" is intended to be a reference book for technologies of haptic relevance as well as a textbook on methods of haptic engineering and applications.It is addressed to students and professionals of engineering disciplines or natural sciences.


Haptic Displays Haptic Perception Tactile Sense control display haptics programmable logic controller sensor sensors simulation virtual reality

Editors and affiliations

  • Thorsten A. Kern
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst. Elektromechanische KonstruktionenTU DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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