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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: 115-120
Curt Salisbury , BioRobotics Laboratory, Stanford University, USA
R. Brent Gillespie , The Haptix Laboratory, University of Michigan, USA
Hong Tan , Haptic Interface Research, Laboratory, Purdue University, USA
Federico Barbagli , BioRobotics Laboratory, Stanford University, USA
J. Kenneth Salisbury , BioRobotics Laboratory, Stanford University, USA
Human vibrotactile detection experiments were used to compare temporal sinusoids displayed on three commercial haptic devices to a high-fidelity linear voice-coil actuator. The three commercial haptic devices we used span the cost spectrum, supposing that cost of a device is correlated with the fidelity of its virtual textures. This turned out not to be the case. The results indicated that none of the three haptic devices we tested were able to render perceptually distortion-free, periodically regular vibrations at detection threshold levels. Further investigation into the electrical and mechanical device properties that limited the performance of these devices revealed that D/A resolution, amplifier non-linearity and stiction were the primary sources of signal corruption.

F. Barbagli, R. B. Gillespie, H. Tan, J. K. Salisbury and C. Salisbury, "Effects of haptic device attributes on vibration detection thresholds," World Haptics Conference(WHC), Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2009, pp. 115-120.
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