Goal: Investigate use of haptics in virtual environments and virtual assembly

Uniqueness & Innovation: We have created methods to embed haptics enabled virtual tools directly in the CAD system. In addition, we have worked on enabling weight sensation in virtual environments and methods to allow haptic display of interaction electrostatic forces.

Featured Projects


Embedding Haptics Enabled Virtual Tools in CAD

This project aimed to provide haptics-enabled virtual tools in a native CAD environment, such as CATIA V5. This was a collaborative project between Washington State University, Sandia National Laboratories, and Immersion Technologies.


Weight Sensation in Virtual Environments

We participated in a collaboration with the manufacturing engineering department in Vancouver to design and implement a force feedback hand master called AirGlove. The goal was to allow gravitational forces to be perceived so that the sensation of weight of a virtual object was created.


Haptic Display of Interaction Forces

In this project we look at issues including boundary element solutions of electrostatic forces, interpolation of a six degree of freedom solution grid, scaling up of electrostatic forces to human scale and use of the PHANToM device for haptic display of electrostatic and contact forces. 

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