In this paper, a new hand-held haptic device that aims at producing the illusion of an external force is presented. This device is based on a planar two-degree-of-freedom parallel mechanism that can be programmed to produce the force illusion in any direction of the plane. Two tests are proposed to a group of people, in order to evaluate the device’s capabilities. The results obtained from the tests are analyzed and shown to be promising. Finally, modifications to the device are proposed in order to further improve the effectiveness of the system. The device proposed in this work is envisioned as a guidance tool for visually impaired people.

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