1 April 2015 Follicular DEAs for two-way tactile communication
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Follicular structures in skin combine sensing and actuation in a soft and compliant continuous surface. We have developed a tactile display device inspired by this structure, using a Dielectric Elastomer Actuator (DEA). DEAs allow for combined sensing and actuation, making possible two-way tactile communication between the user and the device. The device can obtain tactile information about the environment, or a user touching it, and it can also present tactile information to the user. We characterise the sensing properties of the tactile display device, and perform classification of tactile stimuli. We demonstrate two-way tactile interaction between a user and the device.
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Lars Espen Knoop, Lars Espen Knoop, Jonathan Rossiter, Jonathan Rossiter, Tareq Assaf, Tareq Assaf, "Follicular DEAs for two-way tactile communication", Proc. SPIE 9430, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015, 943027 (1 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2085592; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2085592

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