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HAPPINESS Report Summary

Project ID: 645145
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - HAPPINESS (Haptic Printed and Patterned Interfaces for Sensitive Surface)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The main goal of the HAPPINESS project is to develop a smart conformable surface able to offer different tactile sensations via the development of a Haptic Thin and Organic Large Area Electronic technology (TOLAE), integrating sensing and feedback capabilities, focusing on user requirements and ergonomic design. To this aim, by gathering all the value chain actors (materials, technology, manufacturing, OEM integrator) for an application for the automotive market, the HAPPINESS project, will offer a new haptic Human-Machine Interfaces technology, integrating touch sensing and disruptive feedback capabilities directly into an automotive dashboard.

The last ten years have been extremely exciting in modern Human Machine Interface design, especially in consumer electronics with the arrival of the tactile smart phones and tablets, resulting in immense opportunities but also intense challenges for technology providers, system integrators and OEM HMI designers. In automotive HMI, the arrival of advanced telematics, the spill over from consumer electronics trends and ever more safety solutions have driven innovation and engaging interface concepts.

The HAPPINESS key objective is to design innovative flexible printed actuators able to be combined with touch sensors or touch screens in order to answer new HMI needs in terms of localized haptic feedback effects on large surfaces. These conformable actuators will be capable to offer 3 different common sensations:
· Roughness to mimic surface texture,
· Vibration to mimic the click of the traditional push-button,
· Relief to ease eyes-free interaction (and to minimize user distraction as it is particularly relevant in automotive applications).

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Up to M6, Functionnal and Technical specification of the small-scale protoype have been defined. Technological development have been performed for printing touch sensors and actuators and for plastic molding from up to M18. In parallel, users studies have been performed to define which Interaction Tehcniques have to be implemented, and early version of electronics have been defined and realized for testing and debugging.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The HAPPINESS typical application will be a 3D-shaped demonstrator of an Automotive Dashboard integrating advanced Touch Sensing and Haptic Feedback capabilities.
Centrally located inside the car, accessible by both driver and passenger, the automotive dashboard integrates different parts of the front part (inside the car), allowing the driver and passenger to use many functions such as air conditioning, radio, GPS and various other controls.
Currently, all the parts of this component of the vehicle are small mechanical elements which are manually actuated (with a mechanical response) depending on its use. Currently the automotive market is progressively shifting from physical interfaces to touch screen technologies. However touch screens do not have the physical properties of physical buttons that allow eyes-free interaction, which is a major security issue for the driver who has to focus his visual attention to the road.
The goal of the HAPPINESS project is to replace all the mechanical components and take advantage of touch technology while restoring haptic feedback and achieving an integrated product directly assembled for the final manufacturer. Thus the weight, cost and complexity of inline assembly of the product will be reduced, as well as the assembly time for the final installer (OEM) that will result in a cost reduction for manufacturers, while interaction with the controls will continue being safe for the driver.

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