Haptic Rendering of Thin, Deformable Objects with Spatially Varying Stiffness

10 Oct 2020  ·  Kumari Priyadarshini, Chaudhuri Subhasis ·

In the real world, we often come across soft objects having spatially varying stiffness, such as human palm or a wart on the skin. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to render thin, deformable objects having spatially varying stiffness (inhomogeneous material). We use the classical Kirchhoff thin plate theory to compute the deformation. In general, the physics-based rendering of an arbitrary 3D surface is complex and time-consuming. Therefore, we approximate the 3D surface locally by a 2D plane using an area-preserving mapping technique - Gall-Peters mapping. Once the deformation is computed by solving a fourth-order partial differential equation, we project the points back onto the original object for proper haptic rendering. The method was validated through user experiments and was found to be realistic.

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