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Research Fields: Mechatronics, Actuators, Haptic Interfaces
(Keywords: Applied Electrostatics, Electrostatic Motors, Tactile Displays, Haptic Assistance, MRI-compatible)


Tactile Displays
We have been working on new mechatronic devices that can reproduce various surface tactile feelings, such as roughness, softness, and stickiness sensations. We are also working on tele-tactile systems which can transmit tactile information from a remote site and can reproduce it for local users.
Tactile interface Electrostatic Tactile Displays
Synthesizing surface roughness textures
Thermal tactile display Thermal Tactile Displays
Generation of material feelings using thermal cues
Tactile tele-presence Tactile Tele-presence
Transmission and reproduction of tactile information

Haptic Technologies
We are developing unique haptic devices (force devices), for example, by using new actuators. Another focus of our research is to cultivate new applications of haptic devices, such as haptic assistance.
SCARA haptic display Haptic Devices and Applications
New haptic displays for new applications
Dexterity augmentation Haptic Assistance
Haptic assistance for non-contact object handling

MRI-compatible Mechatronics
We have been developing and evaluating non-magnetic actuators for MRI-related studies. We have been collaborating with researchers from other fields, such as biomechanics, and are pursuing new applications using MRI.
MR-compatible motor MR-compaible Actuators
Actuators that can work within a strong magnetic field
Dynamic MR imaging Applications for Biomechanics
Biomechanical modeling using new actuators

Electrostatic Robotics and Mechatronics
Electrostatic force facilitates designs of lightweight and thin structures for robotic or mechatronic systems. Various applications of electrostatic force has been investigated in our group.
Flexible motor Flexible Electrostatic Motor
High performance linear motor that can be deformed
Wall climbing robot Electrostatic robotics
Thin and lightweight robots using electrostatic force
Electrostatic levitation of 400-mm silicon wafer Electrostatic Levitation and Applications
Non-contact handling of thin objects
Other Projects
Shape input device Shape recognition using PVDF
A new computer interface that can handle object shape
Bio Virtual Reality Virtual Bio-space
Observation of biological information using VR systems
SAW atomization SAW µ-TAS
Transporting, stirring, and atomizing droplets