Andrew Hardwick

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1. ABSTRACT This paper describes a series of studies involving a haptic device which can display virtual textures and 3-D objects. The device has potential for simulating real world objects and assisting in the navigation of virtual environments. Three experiments investigated: (a) whether previous results from experiments using real textures could be(More)
This paper describes a series of studies involving a haptic device which can display virtual textures and 3D objects. The device has potential for simulating real world objects and assisting in the navigation of virtual environments (VEs). Three experiments investigated: (a) whether previous results from experiments using real textures could be replicated(More)
Psychophysical functions for perceived roughness, relating ln (magnitude estimate of roughness) to ln (groove width), were obtained for blind and sighted participants in virtual reality using the PHANToM force feedback device. The stimuli were sinusoidal surfaces with groove widths between 0.675 mm and 20.700 mm. Group functions showed a similar(More)
There have been emerging cases of medication refractory obsessions, impulsivity, compulsivity, and/or punding in Parkinson's disease. These cases have proven difficult to treat, even for the experienced clinician. We report several medication refractory cases with a positive response to treatment with clozapine.
Virtual reality technology is argued to be suitable to the simulation study of mass evacuation behavior, because of the practical and ethical constraints in researching this field. This article describes three studies in which a new virtual reality paradigm was used, in which participants had to escape from a burning underground rail station. Study 1 was(More)
This paper describes two studies concerning the use of haptic virtual environments for blind people. The studies investigated the perception of virtual textures and the perception of the size and angles of virtual objects. In both studies, differences in perception by blind and sighted people were also explored. The results have implications for the future(More)
The incorporation of the sense of touch (haptic sense) into virtual reality (VR) has considerable potential to enhance the realism of virtual environments and make VR accessible to blind people. This paper summarises a series of investigations into the haptic perception of texture and object size/angularity in VR, with two haptic devices. Guidelines for the(More)