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On the frontier of Haptic Feedback

January 08, 2013

Exploring the field of Haptic feedback

The field of Haptic Feedback has been steadily evolving over the years, and recent research is helping many industries make great strides. In a recent press release from Johnson Electric, their VP of Strategic Marketing said, “As technology develops, [Haptics] can also be deployed in medical devices, business machines and industrial controls. This is something that Betatronix has already been doing for a number of years, including recent work in the field of medicine with the Illinois Institute of Technology.

For the past few months, we have been working on a robotic thumb to incorporate Haptic feedback into the existing design. Our challenge was to create a low-profile device that would allow unrestricted motion for each of the five control points. The energy-efficient hollow shaft design we proposed increased the overall weight of the assembly by less than 3 ounces.

To see the most recent developments in this particular field, you need look no further than Pennsylvania, where a 52-year-old quadriplegic woman is now able to control a robotic arm using her own thoughts. This is made possible by a chip in her head that tells her robotic arm what to do. She can now pick up various objects that she never before had access to, and her life is improved exponentially. See her story here.

Betatronix is excited to be a part of this evolving field, and we look forward to all of the new discoveries and solutions that Haptics is bringing to life year after year.

Read the Johnson Electronics press release here.

To talk to Betatronix about Haptic feedback and other developments in the medical community, contact one of our expert engineers or representatives.