Keyword: Human machine interface (HMI)

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These tactile imaging sensors can measure pressure distribution without using pressure-sensitive materials.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The robot can walk, run, jump, and interact with the environment in synchrony with a human operator.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The technology would enable transmission of information just by touching a surface.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A robot could immediately alert a human of small changes in their surrounding environment.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The design could contribute to various applications in the robotics field such as smart prosthetics and human-robot interaction.
NASA Spinoff: Unmanned Systems
The interface enables one person to accomplish tasks that previously required two sets of hands.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Rutgers researcher Xiaoran Fan developed a "HeadFi" method that uses ordinary headphones as sensors.
Articles: Software
Once confined to the role of machine visualization, modern unified HMI software now delivers better user interfaces, containerization, and remote device management.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These hands, with a large grasping force, enable safer human-robot interactions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This lightweight, portable garment is designed for active shoulder and elbow positioning.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This robotic finger has a highly precise sense of touch over a complex, multi-curved surface.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
These 12 products are the nominees for the 2020 Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year.
Briefs: AR/AI
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
Users can take paper sheets from a notebook and turn them into a music player interface or make food packaging interactive.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This technology enables robots, electronic devices, and prosthetic devices to feel pain through sense of touch.
Articles: AR/AI
When deployed on edge devices, modern HMI and SCADA software can go beyond basic visualization to deliver advanced data acquisition and analytics.
Articles: Motion Control
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The “E-dermis” will enable amputees to perceive through prosthetic fingertips.
Briefs: Wearables
This technique can be used by people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.
NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
Automated systems developed for NASA now serve as office conference bridges.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A robotic finger has a sense of touch that can be localized with high precision over a large, multi-curved surface.
Briefs: Motion Control
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
“Cobots” allow companies of almost any size to automate processes that were previously out of reach.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings
Briefs: Motion Control
The skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality by instantaneously adapting to a wearer's movements.
5 Ws: Data Acquisition
The biometric tool uses modified wireless earbuds to authenticate smartphone users
Briefs: Materials
Smart Electronic Skin for Robots and Prosthetics

Humans use the sense of touch to accomplish almost every daily task such as picking up a cup of coffee or shaking someone’s hand. Without it, humans can even lose their sense of balance when walking. Similarly, robots need to have a sense of touch in order to interact better with humans but...

Briefs: Medical

Researchers have developed a formula that enables them to recreate different levels of perceived softness. Based on the results from their experiments, they created equations that can calculate how...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Through Livox, non-verbal people can speak, learn how to read and write, and understand abstract concepts.