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Introduction to Haptics

Participants in this course will learn how to build, program, and control haptic devices, which are mechatronic devices that allow users to feel virtual or remote environments.

At this time, the Hapkit is not available for purchase as a complete kit. Instead, you will need to purchase and make the components as described on the Hapkit website at (If you are an enterprising person, we welcome you to take the open-source design and make into a product!)

In the process, participants will gain an appreciation for the capabilities and limitations of human touch, develop an intuitive connection between equations that describe physical interactions and how they feel, and gain practical interdisciplinary engineering skills related to robotics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science.

Introduction to Haptics

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Comienza el Jul 23
5 semanas estimadas
1–10 horas por semana
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To participate in lab assignments (which is not strictly required to receive a Statement of Accomplishment), the participant will need to acquire/build the components of a Hapkit, and assemble and program the device. Laboratory assignments using Hapkit will give participants hands-on experience in assembling mechanical systems, making circuits, programming Arduino-based micro-controllers, and testing their haptic creations. After the class, we hope that you will continue to use and modify your Hapkit, and let us know about your haptic creations. Please note that you can still participate in the online course without the Hapkit and receive a Statement of Accomplishment, but you will not be able to do most of the laboratories.

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The course is divided into 5 modules, and we suggest that you complete one module per week. In each module, participants will view online lectures, take online quizzes (interspersed with the lectures), and complete a laboratory assignment. Data for each lab assignment will be submitted online.

Module 1: Introduction to haptic technology and human haptics

Module 2: Hapkit mechanical design and assembly

Module 3: Hapkit mechatronics

Module 4: Programming virtual environments

Module 5: Mechanical characterization and simulation

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What kind of computer do I need?

You need a computer both to access videos/quizzes/assignments on this site and to control your haptic device. Just about any computer with a USB port should suffice. We can provide support for setting up the Arduino software on a Mac or Windows-based PC, but if you want to use Linux you are on your own.

What other materials will I need?

If you are only planning to view the videos and take the quizzes, you will only need an internet-connected computer with web browser software. Acquiring the parts for and building a Hapkit (needed to complete the laboratory component of the course) is much more involved; instructions for building the Hapkit are posted on the Hapkit website:

Where can I get a Hapkit?

At this time, the Hapkit is not available for purchase as a complete kit. Instead, you will need to purchase and make the components as described on the Hapkit website at (If you are an enterprising person, we welcome you to take the open-source design and make into a product!)

Do I need to buy a textbook?

There is no textbook; we will provide or give you links to any documents that you need to read.

How will I be graded?

The pass/fail grade will be based on your quiz responses and submitted laboratory data. 50% of the grade is based on the quizzes and 50% is based on the laboratory assignments. To receive a "Statement of Accomplishment" for this course (i.e., a passing grade), you must receive a score of at least 50%. This means that you will probably need to do at least some parts of the laboratory component in order to "complete" this haptics course. (The first lab does not use the Hapkit, so it is possible to pass the course without building a Hapkit. This meant to make the course more accessible to people without the necessary resources to make a Hapkit.) Of course, you are welcome to do only the components of the course you are interested in, if the grade doesn't matter to you.

After I complete the course, how can I continue my haptics education?

Some links for Haptics education and research websites are provided on the Hapkit Resources webpage. In addition, we encourage other participants to post Haptics education and project materials on the course wiki page (click on "Wiki" once you are in the course).

¿Quién puede hacer este curso?

Lamentablemente, las personas residentes en uno o más de los siguientes países o regiones no podrán registrarse para este curso: Irán, Cuba y la región de Crimea en Ucrania. Si bien edX consiguió licencias de la Oficina de Control de Activos Extranjeros de los EE. UU. (U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control, OFAC) para ofrecer nuestros cursos a personas en estos países y regiones, las licencias que hemos recibido no son lo suficientemente amplias como para permitirnos dictar este curso en todas las ubicaciones. edX lamenta profundamente que las sanciones estadounidenses impidan que ofrezcamos todos nuestros cursos a cualquier persona, sin importar dónde viva.

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