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Electronics 2016, 5(3), 44; doi:10.3390/electronics5030044

A Fabric-Based Approach for Wearable Haptics

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Department of Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, via Morego 30, Genova, 16163 Italy
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Research Center “E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, Pisa 56122, Italy
Academic Editors: Enzo Pasquale Scilingo and Gaetano Valenza
Received: 24 May 2016 / Revised: 15 July 2016 / Accepted: 20 July 2016 / Published: 26 July 2016
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Abstract

In recent years, wearable haptic systems (WHS) have gained increasing attention as a novel and exciting paradigm for human–robot interaction (HRI). These systems can be worn by users, carried around, and integrated in their everyday lives, thus enabling a more natural manner to deliver tactile cues. At the same time, the design of these types of devices presents new issues: the challenge is the correct identification of design guidelines, with the two-fold goal of minimizing system encumbrance and increasing the effectiveness and naturalness of stimulus delivery. Fabrics can represent a viable solution to tackle these issues. They are specifically thought “to be worn”, and could be the key ingredient to develop wearable haptic interfaces conceived for a more natural HRI. In this paper, the author will review some examples of fabric-based WHS that can be applied to different body locations, and elicit different haptic perceptions for different application fields. Perspective and future developments of this approach will be discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: wearable haptic systems; fabrics; cutaneous feedback; softness rendering; force feedback; affective touch wearable haptic systems; fabrics; cutaneous feedback; softness rendering; force feedback; affective touch
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