A high-level haptic interface for enhanced interaction within virtools™

Matthieu Poyade, Arcadio Reyes-Lecuona, Simo Pekka Leino, Sauli Kiviranta, Raquel Viciana-Abad, Salla Lind

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    Haptics is the outstanding technology to provide tri-dimensional interaction within Virtual Environments (VE). Nevertheless, many software solutions are not fully prepared to support Haptics. This paper presents a user-friendly implementation of Sensable Phantom haptic interfaces onto the interactive VE authoring platform, Virtools 4.0. Haptics implementation was realized using the Haptic Library (HLAPI) from OpenHaptics toolkit 2.0 which provides highly satisfactory custom forces effects. The integration of Phantom interaction at end-user development fulfils logical VE interactive authoring under Virtools. Haptics implementation was qualitatively assessed in a manual maintenance case, a welding task, as a part of the national Finnish project, VIRVO. Manipulation enhancements provided by the integration of Phantom interaction in Virtools suggest many further improvements for more complicated industrial pilot experiments as a part of the European Commission funded project ManuVAR.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationVirtual and Mixed Reality - Third International Conference, VMR 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009, Proceedings
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-02770-3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event3rd International Conference on Virtual and Mixed Reality, VMR 2009: Held as Part of HCI International 2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
    Duration: 19 Jul 200924 Jul 2009
    Conference number: 3

    Publication series

    SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
    Volume5622 LNCS


    Conference3rd International Conference on Virtual and Mixed Reality, VMR 2009
    Abbreviated titleVMR 2009
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Diego, CA


    • Force Feedback
    • Haptics
    • OpenHaptics
    • Virtools™
    • Virtual Reality


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