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World Haptics Conference (2009)
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Mar. 18, 2009 to Mar. 20, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4244-3858-7
pp: 226-231
Carolina Weber , Institute of Automatic Control Engineering (LSR), Technische Universit
Verena Nitsch , Human Factors Institute (IfA), Universit
Ulrich Unterhinninghofen , Institute of Automatic Control Engineering (LSR), Technische Universit
Berthold Farber , Human Factors Institute (IfA), Universit
Martin Buss , Institute of Automatic Control Engineering (LSR), Technische Universit
Haptic assistance functions for a telepresence system are presented and assessed. These assistance functions are based on the augmentation of exchanged position and force data, and they are intended to increase the transparency of the telepresence system while maintaining stability. We present the concept and implementation of different assistance functions. Furthermore, we show the setup and results of a psychophysical experiment, which was designed to evaluate the effects of the assistance functions on perceived realism. As a result, the position assistance can increase stability and safety without negatively affecting transparency, and the force assistance can even increase the feeling of presence under certain conditions.

C. Weber, M. Buss, U. Unterhinninghofen, B. Farber and V. Nitsch, "Position and force augmentation in a telepresence system and their effects on perceived realism," World Haptics Conference(WHC), Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2009, pp. 226-231.
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