Quanser and Handshake VR to provide single station development studio for haptic research & development

Waterloo 18 March 2005Quanser Inc. and Handshake VR Inc., specialized in control and network haptics, have joined forces to provide the ultimate single-station platform for haptic research and development. The new "Haptic Developers' Studio" (HDS) is an integrated product bundle from Quanser and Handshake that is optimized for single or multiple PC use. The package includes the Handshake proSENSE Virtual Touch Toolbox software, Quanser's versatile hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) software development kit (SDK), and a choice of Quanser's high-performance Q8 or Q4 HIL control board. The HDS functions seamlessly in a MATLAB/Simulink environment.


"We're excited to be working together on this product", stated Paul Gilbert, Quanser's CEO. "This multipurpose solution can be used to develop a virtual world and interface to any haptic input device. In essence, you can now easily develop a haptic environment and attach anything you want to it."

Feature-rich Quanser boards offer the rare ability to configure every I/O channel on the board directly from the Simulink interface creating a high level of control and flexibility. Such direct access to the actuators allows for the precise management of a wide variety of devices with analogue and digital sensors as well as quadrature encoders. While Quanser's HIL control boards are fully supported by The MathWorks xPC Target, LabVIEW RTX and RT-LAB, its SDK allows any development environment access to any Quanser board.

The easy-to-use Handshake proSENSE development tool enables developers to rapidly implement sense-of-touch applications, allowing experts and novices rapid access to haptic programming. Handshake proSENSE provides all the required haptic development features, including block sets for haptic devices, haptic effects and controllers.

"It is very exciting to be working with Quanser and their world-class control engineering capabilities", stated Handshake VR President and CEO, Dieter Hensler. "This is a great breakthrough for engineering labs interested in developing new and unique applications in robotics and haptics (sense-of-touch). The Haptic Developers' Studio will open up a whole new set of options for researchers."

The Haptic Developers' Studio is currently available from Quanser's global sales network. Pricing information can be obtained from Quanser and prices are differentiated by Q4 (four-channel) or Q8 (eight-channel) versions.

Founded in 1990, Quanser is an expert in education and research-based advanced systems for real-time control design and implementation. The company's product line includes state-of-the-art tools specifically designed for haptics, as well as a wide variety of academic and industrial applications. Quanser's flexible solutions can be found in more than 1000 institutions worldwide.

Established in 2001, in the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, Handshake VR Inc. provides technology and software development tools to researchers and engineers allowing them to rapidly implement sense-of-touch and touch-over-network applications. Handshake is the developer of the proprietary time delay compensation technology (TiDeC), recognized by industry as the only commercially available technology that addresses fatal network latency. Handshake creates leading-edge solutions in the areas of medical training, telerehab, securing hazardous environments and on-line games.

Leslie Versweyveld

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