Smooth tactile display in mouse using electro-rheological gel

Kiichi Matsuura, Takahiro Yakoh, Tojiro Aoyama, Hidenobu Anzai, Koji Sakurai, Kazuyuki Isobe

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Abstract

IN recent years, mice bave been used widely as one of the important pointing devices of a computer. The mouse which has high performance and multiple functions is required in order to improve the usability of a computer. Some researches which add a tactile display function to a mouse have been done, and mice with the tactile display using a vibrator have been put on the market. However, acoustic noise generated by the vibrator make its user uncomfortable. Then, this article proposed and developed a new tactile display mouse using passive and fail-safe device called ERG (Electro-rheological Gel). First, the characteristics of ERG were measured through some experiments. From the results, it is found that the stiffness of ERG is an electrically controllable characteristic when ERG and electrode is sliding. Then the device was incorporated into the click button of a mouse and evaluated through some identification tests by some human to identify the button's stiffness. In shortly, identification rate was over 90%. Consequently, the developed tactile display can successfully express multi-level of tactile senses. Finally some application of the tactile display also proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISIE 2002 - Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages424-429
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0780373693, 9780780373693
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan 1
Event2002 IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, ISIE 2002 - L'Aquila, Italy
Duration: 2002 Jul 82002 Jul 11

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics
Volume2

Other

Other2002 IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, ISIE 2002
CountryItaly
CityL'Aquila
Period02/7/802/7/11

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Matsuura, K., Yakoh, T., Aoyama, T., Anzai, H., Sakurai, K., & Isobe, K. (2002). Smooth tactile display in mouse using electro-rheological gel. In ISIE 2002 - Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (pp. 424-429). [1026324] (IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics; Vol. 2). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc..