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FingerTac

FingerTac

Bridging Virtual and Physical Realms with Advanced Haptic Feedback

Bridging Virtual and Physical Realms with Advanced Haptic Feedback

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Max Pötter

Technical University Dresden & DLR

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December 2021

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Problem:
In augmented and mixed reality applications, a gap exists in allowing users to interact realistically with both virtual and physical objects due to limitations in haptic technology.

Solution:
The FingerTac is a novel concept that merges augmented haptics technology into a portable, lightweight thimble device. This innovation allows users to physically feel and interact with digital and real-world elements seamlessly.

Process:
Identifying critical application fields for the technology was the first step, followed by integrating the FingerTac with a data glove to enhance its functionality. Through rapid prototyping, the design of FingerTac was continually refined to meet specific user case requirements. Ultimately, a glove prototype was developed, ready for integration with AR display technologies and aimed at reducing cognitive load during use. This prototype is also set to be showcased in trade fairs, highlighting its practical applications in various industries.

This initiative paves the way for more intuitive and immersive human-machine interactions in mixed reality settings, promising a future where digital information is as tactile as the physical world.

Haptics:

In developing the FingerTac prototype, it was found that the type of actuator used was critical for maintaining the device's size and effectiveness. Variability in user experience was noted, influenced by personal fit and subjective perception. Additionally, unintentional noise from the device sometimes affected users' ability to accurately assess the vibrations, highlighting the need for better noise isolation in future iterations.

Problem:
In augmented and mixed reality applications, a gap exists in allowing users to interact realistically with both virtual and physical objects due to limitations in haptic technology.

Solution:
The FingerTac is a novel concept that merges augmented haptics technology into a portable, lightweight thimble device. This innovation allows users to physically feel and interact with digital and real-world elements seamlessly.

Process:
Identifying critical application fields for the technology was the first step, followed by integrating the FingerTac with a data glove to enhance its functionality. Through rapid prototyping, the design of FingerTac was continually refined to meet specific user case requirements. Ultimately, a glove prototype was developed, ready for integration with AR display technologies and aimed at reducing cognitive load during use. This prototype is also set to be showcased in trade fairs, highlighting its practical applications in various industries.

This initiative paves the way for more intuitive and immersive human-machine interactions in mixed reality settings, promising a future where digital information is as tactile as the physical world.

Haptics:

In developing the FingerTac prototype, it was found that the type of actuator used was critical for maintaining the device's size and effectiveness. Variability in user experience was noted, influenced by personal fit and subjective perception. Additionally, unintentional noise from the device sometimes affected users' ability to accurately assess the vibrations, highlighting the need for better noise isolation in future iterations.

Problem:
In augmented and mixed reality applications, a gap exists in allowing users to interact realistically with both virtual and physical objects due to limitations in haptic technology.

Solution:
The FingerTac is a novel concept that merges augmented haptics technology into a portable, lightweight thimble device. This innovation allows users to physically feel and interact with digital and real-world elements seamlessly.

Process:
Identifying critical application fields for the technology was the first step, followed by integrating the FingerTac with a data glove to enhance its functionality. Through rapid prototyping, the design of FingerTac was continually refined to meet specific user case requirements. Ultimately, a glove prototype was developed, ready for integration with AR display technologies and aimed at reducing cognitive load during use. This prototype is also set to be showcased in trade fairs, highlighting its practical applications in various industries.

This initiative paves the way for more intuitive and immersive human-machine interactions in mixed reality settings, promising a future where digital information is as tactile as the physical world.

Haptics:

In developing the FingerTac prototype, it was found that the type of actuator used was critical for maintaining the device's size and effectiveness. Variability in user experience was noted, influenced by personal fit and subjective perception. Additionally, unintentional noise from the device sometimes affected users' ability to accurately assess the vibrations, highlighting the need for better noise isolation in future iterations.

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