Using Haptics to Simulate Medical Diagnoses
2007 - 2008 Senior Project
Christine Cabrera, Electrical Engineering
Bradley University

This project utilizes the SensAble Technologies Phantom Omni haptic device to research the meaning of “touch” as a medical diagnosis. Providing a simulation that includes correct haptic feedback can offer a significantly more realistic environment than graphics alone. C++ software was written to create a simple virtual environment containing multiple objects with varying levels of resistance. The environment created demonstrates the collaboration of both the graphical and haptic interfaces that allow an operator to “feel” what is seen on the computer screen. This research is meant to create awareness about haptics as a powerful simulation tool, and lay foundation work from which future haptic projects can build.