Visual information as a means for substituting haptic sense

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Abstract

Robots can be used when performing non-invasive surgical operations. They are operated by surgeons using remote controllers (e.g., control sticks; buttons). However, these controllers cannot convey the haptic feedback (touch) as with direct manipulation by one's hands. We tested whether peripheral visual feedback in the form of a flickering ring in the circumference of the control screen can to some extent substitute for haptic feedback. Participants had to lead a stylus pen in a predefined track while maintaining certain height from the stylus surface. In the experimental trials, changes in height were coupled with changes in the frequency of flickering of the ring. Results showed that participants who received the visual feedback performed the task better than participants without such feedback. It appears then that frequency can be transformed to other modalities like distance and may possibly be used to guide surgeons when using robots for medical procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECCE 2015 - Understanding Design through Cognition
Subtitle of host publication33rd Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2015
EditorsTjerk de Greef
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336123
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2015
Event33rd Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2015, ECCE 2015 - Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 1 Jul 20153 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume01-03-Jul-2015

Conference

Conference33rd Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2015, ECCE 2015
Country/TerritoryPoland
CityWarsaw
Period1/07/153/07/15

Keywords

  • Haptic sense
  • Medical robots
  • Sensory substitution
  • Surgery

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