Haptic Sympathy

As robotics technology advances, the desire for more intuitive communication between man and machine inspired Takram to propose haptic synchronisation as a new type of interface.

The installation is based on a haptic test rig designed to interpret and reflect the most subtle degrees of physically applied stress and force, such as a light finger stroke, or sharp prod. An interactive exhibit, as visitors push an object, they trigger a haptic sensor that prompts the machine to react by pushing back with same stress.

A haptic link, clearly expressed and felt through touch, can be thought as a potential man machine interface or new type of communication between human and machine, like skinship between people.