The present technology, developed by University of Minho, Universidade Católica do Porto, Universidade de Aveiro and IPCA, relates to a device for tactile and thermal stimulation in the field of human-machine interface. The device consists of a main block with two functionalities, one for tactile stimulation and another for thermal stimulation, which can be controlled independently.
The present technology relates to a device for tactile and thermal stimulation in the field of human-machine interfaces. The device consists of a main block with two functionalities, one for tactile stimulation and another for thermal stimulation, the first one being obtained through the circulation of a fluid via an inlet and an outlet in the main block, the fluid circulating through the grooves present inside the main block, allowing heat transfer or loss from or to a heat transfer plate fixed to the main block, and the second being obtained from several vibration motors mounted on a base – screwed to the main block by base screws – consisting of an upper piece and a lower piece housed in damping material.
Innovative Aspects and Main advantages
This device, and its ability to generate and analyze tactile and thermic stimuli independently, allows for more complex patterns and a more reliable and accurate interaction in a human-machine interface. It also allows a greater accuracy even at larger distances between equipment and user.
The transmission of tactile and thermic information is very relevant in digital health, tele-medicine, computational applications, virtual and augmented reality, gaming, industrial human-machine interface, exoskeletons, rehabilitation and even weather forecast and management.
Stage of Development
The technology has been tested in the lab.
Intellectual Property Rights
A patent application has been submitted and a National (PT) application is to be pursued in 2023.
The team is looking for companies willing to discuss research collaborations.