This project investigates techniques that will allow an additional human sense,
haptic touch to be sent over the Internet. Currently, networks are designed to carry information that stimulates two human senses: the auditory sense (e.g. VoIP) and the visual sense (e.g. video, graphic, text etc). However, the introduction of
haptics in the medical field for training purposes has proven the importance of simulating this sense. We are at the dawn of the widespread use of
haptic devices in a multitude of application domains. With the introduction of the Falcon
haptic interface (Novint™ Technologies) such devices are not a "laboratory specimen" anymore but become a "household appliance."
Our primary objective is to investigate a distributed haptic environment for collaborative objects manipulation by measuring the effects of network delay and jitter on the visuo-haptic task performance.
By having participants go through the task ten times while simulating 5 different latencies, we are able to analyze the effects of network latency on a collaborative task.