ISSN : 1796-2048
Volume : 4    Issue : 4    Date : August 2009

Analysis of Haptics Evolution from Web Search Engines’ Data
Agnès Guerraz and Céline Loscos
Page(s): 196-203
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This article proposes using search engine results data such as the number of results containing
relevant terms, to measure the evolution of Haptics, the field devoted to the science and technology
of the sense of touch. Haptics is a complex discipline which is at the intersection of the knowledge
of several specialized fields like robotics, computer science, psychology, and mathematics. It can
also appear as a new and emergent discipline due to the fact that many promising haptic
interfaces, which allow innovative multimodal applications in many fields, have become mature only
recently. The study presented in this article uses data collected at different periods of time (in
December 1999, January 2004, January 2005, November 2006 and April 2007) onWeb search
engines from requests on three different terminologies: haptique, haptik and haptics, taken
respectively from French, German, and English languages. The evolution of Haptics is seemingly
reflected by to the online frequency of these specific terms over time. This evolution has been
measured by considering the Internet community through search engines such as Google or Yahoo!

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