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Innovative Haptic Interfaces Emerging from Soft Robotics

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The field of soft robotics has made inroads into a number of applications that have previously been dominated by rigid robots such as assistive technologies, surgical robotics and haptics. This Research Topic aims to gather leading research contributing to the field of creating sensors interacting with soft objects, understanding how sensory information is fed back to the human and studying haptic devices made of soft materials. Published papers will explore the synergies that will arise from bringing together soft robotics and haptics and identify the advantages that these new soft materials bring to the field of haptics.

This Research Topic will provide a review of current technology using silicone and rubber materials for creating sensors on the one hand and haptic devices on the other hand. This will help exploring the reasons of current emergence of soft haptic interfaces and identifying the benefits associated with applying soft robotics in this field. Based on this, the research community will be able to explore the challenges that lie ahead to create new robot systems that can enhance feeding back haptic information to the human in the future.

List of topics
• Merging soft robotics and haptics: state of the art, current research efforts
• Soft haptic devices
• Stiffness-controllable mechanisms used for haptic feedback
• Design: basic architectures, optimization, scaling
• controllability, stability of haptic feedback devices
• Future direction of development in soft haptic interfaces
• Soft tissue palpation in MIS
• Granular jamming robots
• Dynamic interaction modeling
• Sensor made of soft materials
• Testing and validation of soft haptic interfaces


Keywords: Soft Robotics, Haptics, Haptic Interfaces, Wearable Technology, Simulation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be in line with the scope of the specialty and field to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Manuscripts discovered during any stage of peer review to be outside of the scope may be transferred to a suitable section or field, or withdrawn from review.

The field of soft robotics has made inroads into a number of applications that have previously been dominated by rigid robots such as assistive technologies, surgical robotics and haptics. This Research Topic aims to gather leading research contributing to the field of creating sensors interacting with soft objects, understanding how sensory information is fed back to the human and studying haptic devices made of soft materials. Published papers will explore the synergies that will arise from bringing together soft robotics and haptics and identify the advantages that these new soft materials bring to the field of haptics.

This Research Topic will provide a review of current technology using silicone and rubber materials for creating sensors on the one hand and haptic devices on the other hand. This will help exploring the reasons of current emergence of soft haptic interfaces and identifying the benefits associated with applying soft robotics in this field. Based on this, the research community will be able to explore the challenges that lie ahead to create new robot systems that can enhance feeding back haptic information to the human in the future.

List of topics
• Merging soft robotics and haptics: state of the art, current research efforts
• Soft haptic devices
• Stiffness-controllable mechanisms used for haptic feedback
• Design: basic architectures, optimization, scaling
• controllability, stability of haptic feedback devices
• Future direction of development in soft haptic interfaces
• Soft tissue palpation in MIS
• Granular jamming robots
• Dynamic interaction modeling
• Sensor made of soft materials
• Testing and validation of soft haptic interfaces


Keywords: Soft Robotics, Haptics, Haptic Interfaces, Wearable Technology, Simulation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be in line with the scope of the specialty and field to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Manuscripts discovered during any stage of peer review to be outside of the scope may be transferred to a suitable section or field, or withdrawn from review.

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30 September 2017 Manuscript

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