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Haptic communications refers to the ability to touch, feel and to physically manipulate objects in a remote (real or virtual) environment via technical means. The realization of convincing haptic interactions requires a solid understanding of both kinesthetic and tactile perceptual mechanisms and stimulation principles. This chapter starts with a concise overview of the current state of knowledge in these two areas. Then, we discuss the main performance parameters for haptic interaction systems, and point towards factors that may influence QoE in haptics. So far, the quality experienced by the human during haptic interaction has been mainly evaluated via time-consuming and costly subjective tests and only recently, first preliminary approaches for objective quality evaluation have surfaced. We briefly touch upon this topic and finish the chapter with a discussion of model-based prediction of haptic feedback quality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationT-Labs Series in Telecommunication Services
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameT-Labs Series in Telecommunication Services
ISSN (Print)2192-2810
ISSN (Electronic)2192-2829


  • Haptic Interaction
  • Haptic Perception
  • Haptic Rendering
  • Just Noticeable Difference
  • Tactile Feedback


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