Haptic is for touch what optics is for vision and acoustics for hearing. At the AIT lab we have made significant progress pushing the state-of-the-art in different areas of Haptics. For example, in wearable haptics we have worked on tactile systems such as Magtics  and Tactiles , and on large blocking-force systems like Dextres . On tool-based haptics, we have explored different geometries and applications in Magpen  and the Spherical EM .
In this project we are interested in exploring the combination of our state-of-the-art hardware platforms with computational design techniques to create novel interactive haptic devices and experiences.
As there are many such combinations, we propose a master thesis or semester projects according to the student background and self-interest. To mention some examples,
We are developing modular robotic arms for grounded haptics interaction.
We are interested in employing optimization methods to enable rapid design and fabrication of custom fit haptic devices. For example, tools could be developed to customize for individuals or for specific tasks and areas such as sports and rehabilitation.
On the Human-Computer interaction side, we aim to design and validate systems that immerse people in VR/AR environments. Thereby increasing their performance and/or enjoyment.
We invite the students to contact any of the contact persons to discuss possible projects in this area.
To be agreed on at the start, in the framework of the haptics project currently ongoing in the lab.
Juan Zarate - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Langerak - email@example.com
Velko Vechev - firstname.lastname@example.org
IDEA League Student Grant (IDL)
CLS Student Project (MPG ETH CLS)
ETH Organization's Labels (ETHZ)
Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Engineering and Technology