Human-Machine Interaction / Haptics

Revolutioning optic technology


Haptics stimulate our sense of touch for communication between human and machine. Yet, haptics is not prioritized in our everyday devices, where the focus is on our sight and hearing for feedback and communication between devices and users. Advancing the haptics fields would greatly enhance our experience with devices, yet this requires smart materials capable of responsive behaviour.

What is happening now

Current efforts to produce haptic effects typically rely on the mature piezoelectric motor technology, with some unconventional systems using ultrasound. However, the resolution and practically of these technologies is insufficient for current applications. 

Our Vision for our Research

Our current research is directed towards finding optimal liquid crystal chemistries to produce responsive thin-film surfaces with haptic effects

Responsive Properties

The responsive dynamic surface properties of liquid crystals offers potential for communication between human and machine as a thin-film.

Haptic Effects

We aim to apply various stimuli to produce haptic effects on dynamic liquid crystal thin-films.


Our vision is to create haptic systems capable of communicating and receiving haptic feedback from users to establish another channel of communication between human and machine beyond sight and hearing.

Applications of our research

Artificially created sense of touch or tactile feedback is an area of haptic technology or kinesthetic communication. Demand for such technologies is appearing due to fast developments in robotics, remote control in medicine, virtual reality, and smart electronics.

Materials and devices for haptic application of such technologies as mechanical vibration, responsive polymers microelectromechanical system (MEMS), Peltier elements, lasers, ultrasound, pneumatics, air jets, surface acoustic waves, electrostatics etc.


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