Haplet is a haptic device used for medical simulations and training exercises. It that attaches onto a tablet and together with a stylus, emulate the physical sensations in medical surgery– like probing, drilling, puncturing or cutting -of using a scalpel, arthroscope or another medical instrument.
Haply Robotics, a robotics start-up in Montreal, stemming from the Applied Dynamics Group, Centre for Intelligent Machines at McGill University built the Haplet (DK1); a portable, open-source developer kit, haptic device that recreates a sense of touch in virtual environments. The Haplet is the world's first device to use force-feedback haptic technology on a co-located screen such as a tablet, smartphone, monitor, or laptop screen where it clips on and brings depicted virtual worlds to life by providing real-time haptic feedback.
Haplet (DK2/ CV1) (referred to hereafter as “Haplet”) is the second generation developer kit or first consumer version of the Haplet (DK1).
My involvement was in the redesign and mechanical prototyping of the Haplet from a functional prototype to a consumer product.
This includes exploring a valid use case with a strong product-market fit, considering human factors in design, as well as design for manufacturing.
The images below highlight the key aspects of the design process including Research, Strategy, Ideation, Design, and Validation .