About the Book

The first idea for a book about haptic devices was born in 2003. Originally intended as an addition to the dissertation of Thorsten A. Kern, it was soon thought of filling a gap: The regrettably small number of comprehensive recapitulating publications on haptics available for, e.g,. a technically interested person, confronted with the task of designing a haptic device for the first time. In 2004, besides a considerable number of conference proceedings, journals or PhD-theses, no document was available giving a summary of the major findings of this challenging subject.

The first edition was edited by Thorsten A. Kern during a Post-Doc time. It was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) with special regard to the consolidation of the design methodology for haptic devices. In 2008, the German version Entwicklung Haptischer Geräte and in 2009 the English version Engineering Haptic Devices were published by Springer.

In 2010 the idea of a second edition of the book was born. With the change of Dr. Kern from university to an industrial employer, also the attention shifted from mainly kinaesthetic to tactile devices. This made severe gaps in the first edition eminent. In parallel, science made great progress in understanding the individual tactile modalities, blurring the borders between different old concepts of the same perception, offering now an opportunity to find an engineering approach to more than the pure vibrotactile perception. It took however until the year 2013, that the work on the second edition started. In that year, Christian Hatzfeld finished his dissertation dealing with the perception of vibrotactile forcesHe took the lead in editing the second edition. As well as the first edition, this work was also funded by the DFG, pointing out the importance of an adapted design approach for haptic systems.

With the cooperation of Springer and the series editors, the second edition of this book was integrated in the Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems, as we felt that the design of task-specific haptic interfaces would be complemented well by the other works in these series.

Naturally, there is scientific progress and new and relevant results for the design of haptic systems are published every day. We like to fill the gap between the static form of the written book with this website. Occasionally, we will present information about new findings and recent developments on this page as an addition to the book contents.

We hope, that not only the book but also this website will alleviate the work of students and engineers new to the exciting and challenging development of haptic systems and serves as a useful resource for all developers.

Check out the Table of Contents to find out, which chapter of “Engineering Haptic Devices” will be useful for your work!

Christian Hatzfeld
Thorsten A. Kern