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Single cell magnetorheological fluid based tactile display

Lookup NU author(s): Robert Davidson, Emeritus Professor Paul Taylor, Joo Ngu


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A tactile display is a programmable device whose controlled surface is intended to be investigated by human touch, as a finger is dragged over it. It has a great number of potential applications in the field of virtual reality and elsewhere. In this research, a prototype tactile display incorporating magnetorheological (MR) fluid has been constructed and investigated. Surface force responses of the tactile display under various magnetic fields have been measured while a probe was moved across the upper (controlled) surface. The purpose of this experiment was to simulate the action of a human finger's touch. As the applied magnetic field was varied, the sensed surface profiles changed in synchronisation with the magnet field strength. This preliminary research provides a new practical and effective way of achieving a tactile display without any moving components. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Liu Y, Davidson RI, Taylor PM, Ngu JD, Zarraga JMC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Displays

Year: 2005

Volume: 26

Issue: 1

Pages: 29-35

Print publication date: 01/01/2005

ISSN (print): 0141-9382

ISSN (electronic): 1872-7387

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.displa.2004.10.002


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