“Magnetic Plotter: A Macrotexture Design Method Using Magnetic Rubber Sheets” by Yasu

  • ©Kentaro Yasu

  • ©Kentaro Yasu

  • ©Kentaro Yasu

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    Magnetic Plotter: A Macrotexture Design Method Using Magnetic Rubber Sheets

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    This paper 1 presents a method for designing tactile macrotextures with magnetic rubber sheets. In the method, named “Magnetic Plotter”, a desktop digital plotting machine combined with a tiny neodymium magnet writes fine magnetic patterns on the surface of the magnetic rubber sheets. This method enables users to design magnetic fields freely with inexpensive commercially available materials as if they are drawing pictures. Moreover, when the magnetic sheets are rubbed together, unique haptic stimuli are displayed on the fingers. The haptic stimuli can be designed by the magnetic patterns plotted on the rubber sheets. We demonstrated several applications with the prototype and discussed the possibilities.


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