A novel ultrasonic haptic device induces touch sensations with potential applications in neuroscience research

Nick Hayward, Emelie Lewis, Emanuele Perra, Veikko Jousmaki, Veli Matti Saarinen, Francis McGlone, Mikko Sams, Heikki Nieminen

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Haptic devices can bring a sense of touch to virtual interactions, with substantial benefits for communication and health. Mid-air ultrasound can generate acoustic radiation forces for tailored tactile sensations - 'touch without touching'. To study the neuroscience of haptics, devices must be compatible with neural monitors. In this study, electromagnetic shielding with a Faraday was created. Our device creates a palpable focus of ultrasound with sufficient spatial resolution (5 mm diameter) and radiation pressure (1.56 or 1.76 Pa without or with Faraday cage lid, respectively) to stimulate small areas of skin. Magnetometer measurements showed minimal field strength variability around the system. Therefore, the proposed system could be compatible with neurological monitoring for neuroscience studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIUS 2020 - International Ultrasonics Symposium, Proceedings
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728154480
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 7 Sept 202011 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium
ISSN (Print)1948-5719
ISSN (Electronic)1948-5727


ConferenceIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium
Abbreviated titleIUS
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
OtherVirtual conference


  • Acoustic radiation force
  • Haptics
  • Neural monitors
  • Touch


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