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Kinesthetic haptics integration into large-scale virtual environments

: Künzler, U.; Runde, C.

Bicchi, A.:
World Haptics Conference WHC 2005 : Proceedings of the First Joint EUROHAPTICS Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, 18-20 March 2005, Pisa, Italy
Pisa, Italien, 2005
World Haptics Conference (WHC) <1, 2005, Pisa, Italien>
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Haptik; haptic feedback; virtual environment; virtuelle Umgebung; Software-Architektur

In this paper we investigate the hardware and software challenges to integrate kinesthetics haptics force feedback into large-scale (i.e. human-sized or larger) Virtual Environments (VE). Based on a literature survey of current haptic interface technologies, we introduce a qualitative schema for the evaluation of large-scale haptic immersion of various haptic display types suitable to be used within such large VEs.
The other focus of our research concentrates on the elaboration of a distributed software architecture for an adaptable and extendable framework for VE haptics integration. In particular we describe a specific Haptics-Server prototype implementation integrated into a three wall passive stereo CAVE system currently being built at the Fraunhofer IPA institute in Stuttgart.