Work in the laboratory was begun in spring 2005 and the research here generally deals with topics including robot-assisted surgery, haptics, and interactive physical simulations. The common element in this work is that direct physical interaction is involved between human users and robotic devices.
Characteristics of the current Prototypes:
Components of the Prototype:
The base of this magnetic leviation device contains an array of cylindrical electromagnet coils which generate repulsive forces and torques to levitate and manipulate a platform containing 4 disk magnets. The basic module shown will be able to scale to larger area coil arrays with multiple levitated platforms to support a human user and simulate arbitrary vehicles, as shown below.