[vtkusers] [vtkusers]vtk using haptics

Volpe, Christopher R (Research) volpecr at crd.ge.com
Tue Apr 15 09:23:19 EDT 2003

As part of our internal augmentation of vtk called "gevtk", we have a haptic
application based on a vtk class that wraps a very small portion of the
GHOST library. In fact, it's just a vtk wrapper around the gstForceFeedback
class. In the callback we call another class that implements all the haptic
collision and reaction logic. We haven't wrapped any other portions of the
GHOST library because we model our haptic objects as volumes, not polydata,
for performance reasons.
Dr. Christopher R. Volpe, Ph.D.
Computer Scientist
Visualization and Computer Vision Lab 
Imaging Technologies
GE Global Research Center
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P.O. Box 8, Schenectady, NY 12301

(518) 387-7766, Dial Comm: 8*833-7766, Fax: (518) 387-6981
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bhautik.Joshi at csiro.au [mailto:Bhautik.Joshi at csiro.au]
> Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 11:14 PM
> To: limy at rpi.edu; vtkusers at public.kitware.com
> Subject: RE: [vtkusers] [vtkusers]vtk using haptics
> > I'm a newone in VTK. I'd like to use 'vkt' for haptics rendering.
> > Specially, I'm using PHANToM (Sensable Technologies., Inc) now.
> > Does anybody include the GHOST SDK in vtk rendering to interface
> > haptics?
> > At first, I just want to try to deform simple object using vtk.
> > I don't have any idea how I can include the haptics(GHOST).
> This list is what I put together after a quick bit of 
> googling (isn't that a
> wonderful verb?):
> There is a posting about this in the vtkusers archives dating back to
> October 2000:
> http://public.kitware.com/pipermail/vtkusers/2000-October/004596.html
> And you might want to get in touch with these people at the 
> University of
> Siena, with software which loads VTK data for haptic 
> interaction (though I'm
> not sure if VTK itself is used for rendering):
> http://www.dii.unisi.it/~domenico/research/fetouch/
> And I think the Julius software framework also combines some 
> aspects of VTK
> and haptic interaction:
> http://www.julius.caesar.de/home/home.html
> Also:
> http://virtual.uta.edu/CD/BIMANUAL%20HAPTICWORKSTATION%20FOR%2

This list is by no means complete, and there is probably a whole lot more
information out there.

Its a topic close to my research interests as well, so if anybody has been
able to work haptics into the VTK pipeline (or vice versa!) I'd also love to
hear about it :)


Bhautik Joshi
PhD Student
Tel: +61293724256
Mob: +61404032617
Email: bhautik.joshi(at)csiro.au

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