Haptic Control Units for Maritime ApplicationsDeveloped by: Alfons Schure, Frank Hoeckx, Roel Kuiper
Operational since: March 2017
This device has been created for use in the Haptics for the Maritime Environment project. It consists of two actuated joysticks on their separately actuated rotational platform. This mimicks the control units of azimuthing thrusters in ships, such as tugboats.
The Gemini served as the basis for the two joysticks, and the rotational platforms were designed by Alfons Schure. It is controlled by a Bachmann industrial controller, and is interfaced to a desktop PC which runs a commercial bridge simulator package, Nautis by VSTEP.