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How Haptic Technology is Closing the Mechanical GapOne differentiator that’s always separated humans from robots is our ability to touch and feel, but advances in haptic technology are rapidly closing the mechanical gap. Now researchers are hoping to build an entire generation of robots which can feel. It's called haptic technology, and it represents one of the most challenging research fields in robotics.At its core, haptics is about machines communicating through touch, whether that means a joystick that grinds to a halt when the manipulator it’s commanding hits an obstacle, or a touch screen that buzzes with each tap on its virtual keyboard. Vibration is the most common form of haptic feedback. Haptic technology may ultimately give robots a stronger sense of “self” The field of haptics, in other words, may wind up helping robots first,those machines will need less monitoring. They'll catch the wrench before it tumbles into the plume of oil, or snip a single wire within the bomb's snarl of cables. Call it a happy accident: in the quest to make machines that can transmit touch, and that are easier to control, roboticists have made machines that better control themselves.
Applications of Haptic Technology1.It's not difficult to think of ways to apply haptics. Video game makers have been early adopters of passive haptics, which takes advantage of vibrating joysticks, controllers and steering wheels to reinforce on-screen activity. 2. soldiers can prepare for battle in a variety of ways, from learning how to defuse a bomb to operating a helicopter, tank or fighter jet in virtual combat scenarios. 3.Haptic technology is also widely used in teleoperation, or telerobotics. In a telerobotic system, a human operator controls the movements of a robot that is located some distance away.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Posted by Amit Karnik