H-haptics: Human-centered design of haptic interfaces

Themes: High Tech, Robotics


A TRL is a measure to indicate the matureness of a developing technology. When an innovative idea is discovered it is often not directly suitable for application. Usually such novel idea is subjected to further experimentation, testing and prototyping before it can be implemented. The image below shows how to read TRL’s to categorise the innovative ideas.

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Currently, the design of haptic interfaces (i.e. , for driving, tele robotics, exoskeletons) is by trial-and-error. A better understanding and incorporation of the human controller is needed for a technological breakthrough.


Radically change human-machine interaction by developing next generation collaborative robotic interfaces which are optimized to the user's capabilities and limitations using innovative models of the human controller.


H-Haptics projects range from basic research to an already-marketed application. Industrial partners build the devices as demonstrators of state-of-the-art haptic interfaces, supporting the notion that "feeling is believing".

Dr. ir. David Abbink