FingerSlide: Investigating Passive Haptic Sliding As A Tacton Channel

Abhijit Anil Karnik, Jason Mark Alexander, Kian Meng Yap, Hong Jian Wong, Pavels Dembo

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The haptic sensation of sliding a surface under a probing finger can be used to convey surface information or coded data to the user. In this paper, we investigate users' ability to discern different sliding profiles based on the velocity and direction of sliding for use as haptic-tactons. We built FingerSlide, a novel haptic device which can position and control moving surfaces under a user's finger and used this to run two independent studies. The first study investigates if users can identify the direction of sliding at different velocities. The second study investigates if the users can distinguish a difference between two velocities. Our results show a faster response for higher velocities in the direction study and high error rates in identifying differences in the direction study. We discuss these results and infer design considerations for haptic devices that use the sliding effect to convey information.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Symposium on Haptic, Audio and Visual Environments and Games (HAVE) (HAVE 2018)
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2018

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