The effect of stiffness and curvature on the haptic identification of surfaces

Vikram S. Chib, James L. Patton, Kevin M. Lynch, Ferdinando A. Mussa-Ivaldi

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Abstract

We perform experiments to investigate how humans acquire an internal representation of virtual objects through the execution of reaching movements across the object surface. Subjects were instructed to make reaching movements between points lying on the boundary of a planar virtual surface of varying stiffness. Results suggest two types of internal representation: force perturbations and object boundaries. In the first case, a rectilinear hand movement is enforced by opposing the interaction forces. In the second case, the trajectory is conformed to the object boundary so as to reduce interaction forces. While this dichotomy is evident for very rigid and very soft objects, the likelihood of identifying a surface boundary depended, in a smooth and monotonic way, on the average force experienced in the first movements. This continuum of interactive behaviors suggests that the nervous system uses a weighted combination of two control strategies, one generating a compensatory response, the other a compliant motion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 1st Joint Eurohaptics Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems; World Haptics Conference, WHC 2005
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages126-131
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0769523102, 9780769523101
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Event1st Joint Eurohaptics Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems - World Haptics Conference, WHC 2005 - Pisa, Italy
Duration: Mar 18 2005Mar 20 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings - 1st Joint Eurohaptics Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems; World Haptics Conference, WHC 2005

Other

Other1st Joint Eurohaptics Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems - World Haptics Conference, WHC 2005
CountryItaly
CityPisa
Period3/18/053/20/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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