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Follicular DEAs for two-way tactile communication
Author(s): Lars Espen Knoop; Jonathan Rossiter; Tareq Assaf
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Paper Abstract

Follicular structures in skin combine sensing and actuation in a soft and compliant continuous surface. We have developed a tactile display device inspired by this structure, using a Dielectric Elastomer Actuator (DEA). DEAs allow for combined sensing and actuation, making possible two-way tactile communication between the user and the device. The device can obtain tactile information about the environment, or a user touching it, and it can also present tactile information to the user. We characterise the sensing properties of the tactile display device, and perform classification of tactile stimuli. We demonstrate two-way tactile interaction between a user and the device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9430, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015, 943027 (1 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2085592
Show Author Affiliations
Lars Espen Knoop, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)
Bristol Robotics Lab. (United Kingdom)
Jonathan Rossiter, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)
Bristol Robotics Lab. (United Kingdom)
Tareq Assaf, Bristol Robotics Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9430:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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