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Oral Session 1: Cutaneous Contact
Technical Papers
Colonial Ballroom, Chairs: Karon E. MacLean and Massimiliano Di Luca
Talks will begin every 15 min.
Separating Haptic Guidance from Task Dynamics: A Practical Solution via Cutaneous Devices
Evan Pezent, Simone Fani, Joshua Bradley, Matteo Bianchi, and Marcia K. O'Malley
(Rice University, USA; University of Pisa, Italy)
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Abstract: There is much interest in using haptic feedback for training new skills or guiding human movement. However, the results of studies that have incorporated haptic guidance to train new skills are mixed, depending on task complexity and the method by which the haptic guidance is implemented. Subjects show dependency on the guidance forces and difficulty in discerning which aspects of the haptic feedback are related to the task dynamics and which are meant to convey task completion strategies. For these reasons, new methods to separate haptic cues for guidance from haptic feedback of task dynamics are needed. In this experiment, 30 subjects completed a trajectory following task using a wrist exoskeleton which also rendered task forces. To assist subjects, guidance cues were provided in one of three forms: (1) cutaneous forces from a wearable skin-stretch device on the ipsilateral forearm and (2) contralateral forearm, and (3) kinesthetic forces from a kinematically similar wrist exoskeleton operated by the contralateral arm. The efficacies of each guidance condition are compared by examining subject performance and learning rates. The results indicate that cutaneous guidance is nearly as effective as kinesthetic guidance, making it a practical and cost-effective alternative for spatially separated assistance.

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Time stamp: 2019-05-18T19:08:01+02:00