Remote experimentation using a smartphone application with haptic feedback

Ernesto Granado, Flavio Quizhpi, Julio Zambrano, William Colmenares

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This paper presents the development of a remote experimentation for automatic control engineering education. By using a smartphone application, students can interact with real laboratory didactic equipment. Through a friendly graphical user interface and information provided by built-in smartphone sensors, students can modify the process parameters and verify in real time what's happening on the experimental setup. Mobile device vibration technology is used to add haptic tactile feedback to the application. This additional sense complements the visual and hearing information the user usually acquires when performing a practical experience. Therefore, students pay more attention to the results achieved online. Taking advantage of today's smartphone technological features, the students feel highly motivated to use this device to achieve improvements in their learning process. To reach a great number of users, the application runs across the most widely used mobile platforms. All user lab activities are stored in a database for the teacher later analysis. Likewise, students can store the resulted experiments on their mobile device when finished in order to make an off-line result analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016
Subtitle of host publication"Smart Education in Smart Cities"
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781467386333
StatePublished - 19 May 2016
Event2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 10 Apr 201613 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567


Conference2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi

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  • adobe AIR
  • control engineering education
  • haptic feedback
  • remote experimentation
  • technology enhanced learning


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