Wearable robots have been mostly designed as exoskeletons, with segments and joints corresponding to those of the person they are coupled with. Exoskeletons are mainly employed to augment human body force and precision capabilities, or for rehabilitation purposes. More recently, new wearable robots resembling additional robotic limbs have been developed thanks to the progress in miniaturization and efficiency of mechanical and sensing components. However, wearable robotic extra limbs presented in the literature lack of effective haptic feedback systems. In this paper, we present a robotic extra finger coupled with a vibrotactile ring interface. The human user is able to control the motion of the robotic finger through a switch placed on the ring, while being provided with vibrotactile feedback about the forces exerted by the robotic finger on the environment. To understand how to control the vibrotactile interface to evoke the most effective cutaneous sensations, we executed perceptual experiments to evaluate its absolute and differential thresholds. We also carried out a pick-and-place experiment with ten subjects. Haptic feedback significantly improved the performance in task execution in terms of completion time, exerted force, and perceived effectiveness. All subjects preferred experimental conditions employing haptic feedback with respect to those not providing any force feedback.
|Titolo:||Vibrotactile haptic feedback for intuitive control of robotic extra fingers|
|Citazione:||Hussain, I., Meli, L., Pacchierotti, C., Salvietti, G., & Prattichizzo, D. (2015). Vibrotactile haptic feedback for intuitive control of robotic extra fingers. In Proc. 2015 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC) (pp.394-399). IEEE.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|
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