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      inCrease: an Approach for Particle Enhanced Soft Composite 3D-Printed Tactile Displays

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      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference

      4 - 6 July 2018

      Haptic, Tactile display, Texture, 3D-printing

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          We present ongoing work in the development of a novel method for providing tactile feedback by using 3D-printed particle-enhanced soft composites (PESC) that, when compressed, produce a creased surface. By controlling the creasing of the material through 3D-printed rigid structures embedded in the material various textures on the material's surface can be produced. We show, through several iterations, the impact of different 3D-printed designs on the production of textures We discuss limitations and highlight possible application areas in HCI for the proposed approach.

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            Modern haptic interfaces are adept at conveying the large-scale shape of virtual objects, but they often provide unrealistic or no feedback when it comes to the microscopic details of surface texture. Direct texture-rendering challenges the state of the art in haptics because it requires a finely detailed model of the surface's properties, real-time dynamic simulation of complex interactions, and high-bandwidth haptic output to enable the user to feel the resulting contacts. This paper presents a new, fully realized solution for creating realistic virtual textures. Our system employs a sensorized handheld tool to capture the feel of a given texture, recording three-dimensional tool acceleration, tool position, and contact force over time. We reduce the three-dimensional acceleration signals to a perceptually equivalent one-dimensional signal, and then we use linear predictive coding to distill this raw haptic information into a database of frequency-domain texture models. Finally, we render these texture models in real time on a Wacom tablet using a stylus augmented with small voice coil actuators. The resulting virtual textures provide a compelling simulation of contact with the real surfaces, which we verify through a human subject study.
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                July 2018
                July 2018
                : 1-5
                University of Twente

                The Netherlands
                © Almkerk et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

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                Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
                Belfast, UK
                4 - 6 July 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Human Computer Interaction Conference
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