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We survey the haptics literature and identify conditions under which haptic interaction displays can enhance human perception and performance. Integrating haptic interactions in multimodal systems requires understanding user's sensory, perceptual, and cognitive abilities and limitations. Haptic design guidelines can aid developers of multimodal interactive systems. Haptic interaction relates to all aspects of touch and body movement and the application of these senses to computer interaction. This involves not only sensation and perception, but also motor and cognitive aspects of active movement (that is, self-initiated movement) for which detailed motor plans are created, stored in memory, and compared to receptor feedback from the muscles, joints, and skin.