Rapid prototyping of kinesthetic user interfaces for product design: Initial concepts

Karon E. MacLean, William K. Durfee

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Abstract

Our ability to create effective user interfaces for products has fallen behind the power and complexity of devices now being produced. Aspects of the user interface which act upon the kinesthetic sense, through physical contact and the consequent power transfer between operator and device, are often specified without recourse to methodology. However, such aspects may be crucial to the entire interface's intuitiveness and ease-of-use. In the absence of a systematic means of prototyping and testing kinesthetic interface characteristics, product designers must rely instead on intuition and experience with similar design problems. A first-generation kinesthetic prototyping tool is being developed which will use a high bandwidth DC motor to generate force-position profiles of input controls such as linear potentiometers, slider switches and buttons. The kinesthetic simulation will be augmented with real-time computer-graphic images of the device being acted upon and the larger interface context in which it resides. On completion of the system, human subjects will be tested to ascertain the actuation and graphical performance specifications required to create an illusion sufficiently convincing to be useful for kinesthetic prototype evaluation. Future generations of simulation devices will be designed and built to expand upon the generality of design problems addressable with this approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Robotics - 1992
PublisherPubl by ASME
Pages37-40
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0791811077
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992
EventWinter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Nov 8 1992Nov 13 1992

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dynamic Systems and Control Division (Publication) DSC
Volume42

Other

OtherWinter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
CityAnaheim, CA, USA
Period11/8/9211/13/92

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MacLean, K. E., & Durfee, W. K. (1992). Rapid prototyping of kinesthetic user interfaces for product design: Initial concepts. In Advances in Robotics - 1992 (pp. 37-40). (American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dynamic Systems and Control Division (Publication) DSC; Vol. 42). Publ by ASME.