Happy Arduino day!!!

 

Do you remember racing a car in a video game, bumping into your opponent, your joystick happens to vibrate and you could feel the collision? This is the science of haptics. Haptic devices provide users a sense of physical interactions with real or simulated systems. The haptic paddle was originally developed and used as a teaching tool for dynamic systems at Stanford University. 

 

You may be wondering how this is related to Arduino?

 

Arduino has been used to power the development of such an inexpensive, portable haptic device at Vanderbilt University. The Arduino-powered haptic paddle is used with Simulink to teach system dynamics in Mechanical Engineering courses. Students can apply the theoretical concepts in feedback control systems by simulating the haptic paddle in Simulink and then experiencing the forces generated in the virtual environment with the haptic paddle.

 

Here's a link to the university website for more details on this project. You can also download the course materials from the website here.

 

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