Design of a joystick with an adjustable damper to study kinematically constrained movements made by children

Netta Gurari, Gabriel Baud-Bovy

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The aim of this work was to create an apparatus that will allow for the study of sensorimotor control development in children, specifically the interaction with a simple kinematically constrained object. A one-degree-of-freedom rotational joystick was built, sensorized with an encoder and force/torque sensor, and outfitted with a custom damper. The damper was modeled as having a stiffness, viscous friction, and Coulomb friction, and this allowed for a controlled manner by which to identify three unique damping levels. Future work will discuss the experimental setup in more detail, and will present results for how both children and adults interact with the testing apparatus. Given here is the motivation for this research direction, a brief overview of the experimental apparatus and setup, and a high-level discussion of a human subject study that will be presented in future papers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Haptics Symposium 2014, HAPTICS 2014 - Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781479931316
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2014 IEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS 2014 - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Feb 23 2014Feb 26 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS
ISSN (Print)2324-7347
ISSN (Electronic)2324-7355


Other2014 IEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS 2014
CountryUnited States
CityHouston, TX


  • H.5.2 [Information Systems]
  • User Interfaces?Evaluation Methodology
  • User Interfaces?Haptic I/O H.5.2 [Information Systems]

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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