Why Haptic Technology?
Haptic technology as a modality takes advantage of the sense of human touch by applying forces and vibrations to provide real life-like experience to the user. While haptic feedback has been typically used in sophisticated surgical simulators and other expensive high-end applications, AMMACHI Labs has chosen “high social impact” as a factor that guides our application of this technology.
With this vision, we have made pioneering contributions in the area of haptic systems for skill assessment in India and guidance for applications such as vocational education and training, physical rehabilitation, and medical simulation. Specific research areas include haptic rendering, haptic devices, haptic guidance and shared control schemes for haptic simulation.
Salisbury Robotics Lab – Stanford University
Prof. Ken Salisbury, popularly known as a pioneer in haptics and the inventor of the phantom haptic device is an active collaborator with AMMACHI Labs. Prof. Salisbury spent a month at AMMACHI Labs in 2012 where he mentored young haptics researchers in the development of three prototypes of DIY haptic devices for vocational training. Read our technical poster of about DIY vocational kits.
Simulators for Motor Skill Training
Human motor skill training forms a large portion of the curriculum for any training involving fine motor skills. Skill intensive vocations from carpentry to surgery, demand long hours of training in order to gain expertise and workmanship to perform complex tasks skillfully. Our simulators offer compelling yet safe training methods using the realistic sense of touch. Click on each picture for more details.
Our work in development of simulators for human motor skill training in vocational trades has naturally involved research in this field. Researcher Akshay Nagarajan published a paper: “Design and evaluation of a Haptic simulator for vocational skill Training and Assessment“. Follow his research here.
Current Applications: Construction & Manufacturing
We have devised an innovative training method for L&T, India’s largest construction and engineering company. The unique technology offers a safe and accurate way for trainees to learn and master the manual task of bending rebars. While traditional methods lack accuracy, cause wastage of materials and present safety hazards, our solution increases productivity and gives trainees innumerable opportunities to perfect their skill in a safe and controlled way. We plan to continue innovative R&D in this area to meaningfully equip and empower the country’s skill sector