Hybrid Active-Passive Actuation

  • The REACH lab is involved in a collaborative effort with Oculus VR, LLC to develop hybrid actuation approaches for haptic interfaces. Approaches include, the distributed macro mini and additional hybrid active-passive actuation schemes. Research efforts include, developing improved control and estimation strategies, optimization of device and electromagnetic designs, and investigating the interplay between control, sensing, and the device’s underlying system dynamics. Ultimately, the result is the best possible haptic display.
  • Faculty:
  • Michael Zinn – Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Collaborator:
  • Students:   
  • Chembian Parthiban  – Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Patrick Dills  – Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • It Fufuengsin  – Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Funding:
  • Oculus Research, Inc