Haptic Systems and Applications
Haptic technology is finding many applications in medical training, rehabilitation, areas requiring handling of dangerous materials, as well as in the entertainment and gaming industries. Research applications require platforms capable of reproducing movements and forces accurately, yet cost-effectively, through flexible frameworks on open architecture devices. Quanser haptic devices - leveraging more than two decades of our expertise in control - offer researchers the ability to easily and quickly change parameters of control systems, swap or customize haptic devices to adapt them to the specific needs of your research team encounter.
The Health Research Innovation Centre at the University of Calgary is using the Quanser HD² high definition haptic device and the 6 DOF Denso Open Architecture Robot Workstation for research and development of the neuroArm, a robotic arm used for telesurgery.
Quanser haptics systems are comprised of balanced ultra-high rigidity carbon-fibre links and low-mass aircraft grade aluminum components, or similar high-quality materials, to provide for maximum stiffness with minimum inertia. In addition, Quanser uses high performance motors to ensure reliability with the most consistent quality. Manuals accompany all experimental devices, describing the development of the control law used, as well as providing useful setup information and specifications.
Typically, Quanser haptic systems are used as input devices for remote manipulation of either an output device or a virtual environment. However, they are backdrivable and can be used in research of tele-mentoring, contact force analysis, characterization of forces in medical operations and much more. The systems offer varying ranges of motion and haptic characteristics such as direct drive vs capstan transmission. Quanser team will be happy to work with you to determine the best solution for any desired haptic and operational specification.
Combining a haptic input device, an articulated robot equipped with a force/torque sensor, and Quanser-developed real-time control software, we can create a tele-presence set up, where the forces and torques at the tip of the robot are measured and applied back to the operator through the haptic device. Quanser offers such systems as a "turn-key" solution - able to be deployed within hours. Such a system can then be adjusted to simulate real-world environments or medical procedures and is suitable for research in areas including force-feedback systems, telesurgery and remote manipulation.