Siena Haptic Thimble Open Hardware Project
3D model of the proposed extremely wearable and inexpensive tactile display.
The device is composed of two platforms: one placed on the nail side of the finger and one in contact with the finger pulp, connected by three cables. One small servomotor controls the length of the cables, thus being able to move the platform towards or away from the fingertip. As a consequence, a normal force can be displayed at the user’s fingertip.
A pair of pliers is exploited to easily wear the haptic thimble.
Immersive tactile interaction in a virtual environment. User’s fingertips are tracked using a Leap Motion controller while wearable tactile interfaces provide the human operator with the compelling illusion of touching a virtual object.
The open hardware project is under construction.