HAMLAT: A HAML-based authoring tool for Haptic application development

Mohamad Eid, Sheldon Andrews, Atif Alamri, Abdulmotaleb El Saddik

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Haptic applications have received enormous attention in the last decade. Nonetheless, the diversity of haptic interfaces, virtual environment modeling, and rendering algorithms have made the development of hapto-visual applications a tedious and time consuming task that requires significant programming skills. To tackle this problem, we present a HAML-based Authoring Tool (HAMLAT), an authoring tool based on the HAML description language that allows users to render the graphics and haptics of a virtual environment with no programming skills. The modeler is able to export the developed application in a standard HAML description format. The proposed system comprises three components: the authoring tool (HAMLAT), the HAML engine, and the HAML player. The tool is implemented by extending the 3D Blender modeling platform to support haptic interaction. The demonstrated tool proves the simplicity and efficiency of prototyping haptic applications for non-programmer developers or artists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHaptics
Subtitle of host publicationPerception, Devices and Scenarios - 6th International Conference, EuroHaptics 2008, Proceedings
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2008
Event6th International Conference on Haptics: Perception, Devices and Scenarios, EuroHaptics 2008 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Jun 10 2008Jun 13 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5024 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other6th International Conference on Haptics: Perception, Devices and Scenarios, EuroHaptics 2008


  • 3D modeling
  • HAML
  • Haptic authoring tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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