Title: A guided tour in haptic audio visual environments and applications

Authors: Mohamad Eid, Mauricio Orozco, Abdulmotaleb El Saddik

Addresses: Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory (MCRLab), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5, Canada. ' Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory (MCRLab), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5, Canada. ' Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory (MCRLab), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5, Canada

Abstract: The science of haptics has received enormous attention in the last decade. Activities in different disciplines such as robotics, computer graphics, and psychophysics have been the foundation of haptic science. Nowadays, haptic research comprises four interdisciplinary research branches: human haptics, machine haptics, computer haptics, and the newly introduced multimedia haptics. This paper traces the evolution of haptics technology from the introductory concepts and haptic system architecture, to current technology in the four haptics research branches and applications. Finally, we summarise our findings and present a vision for overcoming challenges and our direction for future research in this area.

Keywords: human haptics; machine haptics; computer haptics; multimedia haptics; haptic applications; haptic challenges; haptic rendering; haptic perception; haptic interfaces; audiovisual environments.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMC.2007.013918

International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, 2007 Vol.1 No.3, pp.265 - 297

Available online: 03 Jun 2007 *

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