The Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) lab at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, hosted an event for 21 girls from neighboring middle schools and high schools.
The event started with an introduction to haptics (the sense of touch) and its application in medicine and rehabilitation, and was presented by the lab’s principal investigator, Allison Okamura, Ph.D.
Next, the girls broke into smaller groups to tour various aspects of the lab. Graduate students presented the girls with demonstrations of teleoperation (devices and control systems that allow human operators to manipulate environments that are remote in scale and/or distant), haptic devices (specialized models/devices and control systems that enable touch-based interaction with computers), HAPKIT - a low cost open-source haptic device for education, and a “da Vinci” surgical robot (with touch sensors and control systems that enables a surgeon to mimic/physically manipulate their surgical environment).
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