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Key Features
Key features of the HaptiComm Platform are as follows:

  • 3D Printed
    HaptiComm relies heavily on 3D printing technology. This allows the system to extremely flexible in its form factor and offers many aspects for personalsation. It also offers flexibility of material choices, easy maintenance and provision of maintenance parts.

  • Rapid Response
    With an approximate response time of 10ms there is almost no delay between input and haptic feedback. For full details about the response times and other information see the technical data section.

  • Washable
    As HaptiComm is designed to be used for extended periods the outer parts of the device are washable. A shell structure on the outside of the HaptiComm can be removed, washed or reprinted, and easily replaced. the tips of each actuator can also be removed for similar treatment meaning that all areas that come in direct contact with the skin are hugenic and easy to clean.

  • Independant or Simultaneous Drive
    Currently the HaptiComm supports up to 31 actuators in its array with each being capable of being driven independently or simultaneously. In addition, they are all able to accept a separate waveform pattern (taken from a wav file) to allow for different sensations to occur in different locations at the same time

  • Distinct Sensation Generation
    The design decouples the actuators from the out section of the device allowing for each actuator to be activated as a distinct part. “Echo” or vibratory propagation is kept to a minimum.

  • Multiple Form Factors
    HaptiComm supports multiple form factors and design layouts dependant on the individual need. For example, a Braille version exists that only requires 6 actuators in a row while the original HaptiComm is shaped like an ergonomic mouse and comprises 24 actuators.

  • Multiple Language Support
    The software relies on a configuration (cfg) file which allows for rapid resetting of haptic pattern generation. A unique configuration file can be created for each separate desired language or communication technique to be output to the HaptiComm.

  • Flexibility of Variables
    A large range of variables can be modified. These include timing, frequency, apmlitude and other factors to ensure generation of distinct tactile sensations.

  • WAV File Support
    For ease of changing the desired tactile sensation the system uses wav files. File can be generated through programs such as Audacity as well as many options available online.

Revision History
1.1 [02/05/2019]
  • Minor rewrite
  • Added Multiple form Factors
  • Added WAV File Support

1 [01/08/2018]
  • Initial Release

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