Robotics » Humanoid Robotics

Haptics Rendering and Applications

Edited by Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, ISBN 978-953-307-897-7, 246 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published January 27, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/1135

There has been significant progress in haptic technologies but the incorporation of haptics into virtual environments is still in its infancy. A wide range of the new society's human activities including communication, education, art, entertainment, commerce and science would forever change if we learned how to capture, manipulate and reproduce haptic sensory stimuli that are nearly indistinguishable from reality. For the field to move forward, many commercial and technological barriers need to be overcome. By rendering how objects feel through haptic technology, we communicate information that might reflect a desire to speak a physically- based language that has never been explored before. Due to constant improvement in haptics technology and increasing levels of research into and development of haptics-related algorithms, protocols and devices, there is a belief that haptics technology has a promising future.