Proceedings: GI 2009

Potential field approach for haptic selection

Jean Simard, Mehdi Ammi, Flavien Picon, Patrick Bourdot

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2009: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 25 - 27 May 2009, 203-206

  • BibTex

    author = {Simard, Jean and Ammi, Mehdi and Picon, Flavien and Bourdot, Patrick},
    title = {Potential field approach for haptic selection},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2009},
    series = {GI 2009},
    year = {2009},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-1-56881-470-4},
    location = {Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada},
    pages = {203--206},
    numpages = {4},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},
    keywords = {CAD, haptic, potential field, selection, virtual reality},


In a number of 3d applications and especially in Computer Aided Design (CAD), the accuracy of the selection process is important for subsequent operations. In this paper, we propose a mathematical model to manage haptic selection of topological entities (vertices, edges, faces...) used in CAD. We have developed an analytical expression with a generic and unified representation based on potential fields. The result is a simplified model for software implementation. Moreover, these functions introduce a smooth, accurate and stable force profile.