TitleA Wearable Fabric-based Display for Haptic Multi-Cue Delivery
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
Conference NameIEEE Haptics Symposium
AuthorsBianchi, M, Battaglia, E, Poggiani, M, Ciotti, S, Bicchi, A
Conference LocationPhiladelphia, USA, April 8-11, 2016
KeywordsHaptics, Robotics

Softness represents one of the most informative

haptic properties, which plays a fundamental role in both

everyday tasks and more complex procedures. Thus, it is not

surprising that much effort has been devoted to designing haptic

systems able to suitably reproduce this information. At the

same time, wearability has gained an increasing importance as

a novel paradigm to enable a more effective and naturalistic

human robot interaction. Capitalizing upon our previous works

on grounded softness devices, in this paper we present the

Wearable Fabric Yielding Display (W-FYD), a fabric-based

tactile display for multi-cue delivery that can be worn by

user’s finger. W-FYD enables to implement both passive and

active tactile exploration. Different levels of stiffness can be

reproduced by modulating the stretching state of a fabric

through two DC motors. An additional vertical degree of

freedom is implemented through a lifting mechanism, which

enables to convey softness stimuli to the user’s finger pad.

Furthermore, a sliding effect on the finger can be also induced.

Experiments with humans show the effectiveness of W-FYD for

haptic multi-cue delivery.

Refereed DesignationRefereed
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