Follicular DEAs for two-way tactile communication

L E Knoop, Jonathan M Rossiter, Tareq Assaf

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Follicular structures in skin combine sensing and actuation in a soft and compliant continuous surface. We have developed a tactile display device inspired by this structure, using a DEA. DEAs allow for combined sensing and actuation, making possible two-way tactile communication between the user and the device. The device can obtain tactile information about the environment, or a user touching it, and it can simultaneously present tactile information to the user. We characterise the sensing and actuation properties of the tactile display device, and perform classification of tactile stimuli. We demonstrate two-way tactile interaction between a user and the device.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XVII (2015)
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2015

Structured keywords

  • Tactile Action Perception


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