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User requirements for haptic devices and specifications for haptic applications in the field of education

This result is about what users, esp. people in the education sector like pupils and teachers, expect and/or require from a haptic device and its accompanied applications. It is the outcome of the gathering, analysing and structuring of the user requirements for haptic devices and haptic educational applications.

In Education the sense of force-feedback and tactile-feedback can offer great improvements to the existing teaching methods, thus enhancing the quality of education procedures. Developing Haptics Educational Applications is an under development research field and very few non-commercial applications have been developed so far. In our research and study, the applications and the device are oriented to each other and both to educational purposes.

More specifically this result includes two main parts:

1) Specifications for the haptic device: basic characteristics of the device, user interaction (input/output) with the device, and device constraints esp. regarding the varied ages of the final users (children as well as adults).

2) Functional analysis of haptic applications: some preliminary functionality for the IKD applications (like view point management, user navigation, objects manipulation by users or with tools, etc.), and for those actions that affect the H3DI design and functionality we provide the expected Input (H3DI movement and press of buttons) and Output (force and tactile feedback).

This analysis stressed the importance of grasping, manipulating and throwing objects in the virtual world. Moreover, due to the educational nature of IKD applications, realism is very important. We focused therefore on fine manipulation with fingers.

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University of Patras
Rion PatrasPO Box 26110
26500 Patras
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