Collaborative identification of Haptic-only objects

Will Pearson, Mike Fraser

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Research has highlighted difficulties that individuals encounter in identifying haptic-only objects, i.e. objects with three dimensional surfaces which are only represented to users in the haptic modality. This paper investigates whether and how collaboration between distributed users supports identification processes. We present a qualitative study in which pairs of participants collaboratively identify haptic objects. Our study uses conversation analysis to reveal benefits and problems in communication between participants. We highlight shared exploration strategies, techniques for mutual correction, and issues around understanding haptic device use in the remote space. This leads us to suggest that haptic devices should be actuated to match a remote device's movements, synchronising perspectives on haptic features and allowing mutual orientation to be established while retaining a user's spatial understanding of the haptic workspace.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHaptics
Subtitle of host publicationPerception, Devices and Scenarios - 6th International Conference, EuroHaptics 2008, Proceedings
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2008
Event6th International Conference on Haptics: Perception, Devices and Scenarios, EuroHaptics 2008 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 10 Jun 200813 Jun 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


Conference6th International Conference on Haptics: Perception, Devices and Scenarios, EuroHaptics 2008


  • conversation analysis
  • distributed group collaboration
  • Haptic-only object identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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