This project has received funding from the Europeans Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 645145.
Haptic Printed Patterned Interfaces for Sensitive Surfaces

Concept

The main goal of the HAPPINESS project is to develop a smart conformable surface able to offer different tactile sensations via the development of a Haptic Thin and Organic Large Area Electronic technology (TOLAE), integrating sensing and feedback capabilities, focusing on user requirements and ergonomic design. To this aim, by gathering all the value chain actors (materials, technology, manufacturing, OEM integrator) for an application for the automotive market, the HAPPINESS project, will offer a new haptic Human-Machine Interfaces technology, integrating touch sensing and disruptive feedback capabilities directly into an automotive dashboard.

The objectives are to fabricate these actuators with large area and cost effective printing technologies and to integrate them through plastic molding injection in a small-scale dashboard prototype. We will design, implement and evaluate new approaches for Human-Computer Interaction on a fully functional prototype that combine in packaging sensor and actuator foils driven by custom electronics, and accessible to end-users via software libraries, allowing for the reproduction of common and accepted sensations such as roughness Roughness, Vibration and Relief.