Technology Review of Head Mounted Tactors for SIHS TD

Revue des Technologies des Senseurs Tactiles Craniens Réalisé pour SIHS-TD


  1. Lemelin, C.
  2. Cloutier, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Oerlikon Aerospace Inc, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu QUE (CAN)
In the context of the SIHS-TD project, the Speech/Comms Sub-system Team (SST) has proposed considering the integration of a haptic display in the concept helmets to be developed by the Industrial Team (IT). A study of the state of the art of commercially available haptic interfaces, aimed at being integrated to a helmet, was conducted to fill the knowledge gap identified by this SST. After reviewing existing technologies in the field of haptic interfaces (tactile display), it becomes evident in light of SIREQ-TD trial results that the Vibro-Mechanical Electromagnetic tactors are in general too bulky and heavy for helmet integration. Furthermore, there are two other technologies that at this time cannot be used without packaging even if studies and research programs have used them: the Piezoelectric and the Memory Shape Alloy devices. These technologies need to be covered with some material to keep out dirt, water, etc… Their properties and form factor make them attractive, but no pre-packaged tactors have been found yet. The field of haptic display is growing and new devices are bound to appear on the market. The advent of smaller computerized systems integrated with haptic interfaces can be another means to improve the ability to face a more complex battle space and improve safety in many areas.

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tactile displays;tactors;SIHS;Soldier Integrated Headwear System;communications;haptic displays;display modalities;helmet displays
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-211 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
15 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
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