Wearable fingertip with touch, sliding and vibration feedback for immersive virtual reality

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Abstract

Wearable haptic technology plays a key role to enhance the feeling of immersion in virtual reality, telepresence, telehealth and entertainment systems. This work presents a wearable fingertip capable of providing touch, sliding and vibration feedback while the user interacts with virtual objects. This multimodal feedback is applied to the human fingertip using an array of servo motors, a coin vibration motor and 3D printed components. The wearable fingertip uses a 3D printed cylinder that moves up and down to provide touch feedback, and rotates in left and right directions to deliver sliding feedback. The direction of movement and speed of rotation of the cylinder are controlled by the exploration movements performed by the user hand and finger. Vibration feedback is generated using a coin vibration motor with the frequency controlled by the type of virtual material explored by the user. The Leap Motion module is employed to track the human hand and fingers to control the feedback delivered by the wearable device. This work is validated with experiments for exploration of virtual objects in Unity. The experiments show that this wearable haptic device offers an alternative platform with the potential of enhancing the feeling and experience of immersion in virtual reality environments, exploration of objects and telerobotics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2022 - Proceedings
Place of PublicationU. S. A.
PublisherIEEE
Pages293-298
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665452588
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022
Event2022 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 9 Oct 202212 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Volume2022-October
ISSN (Print)1062-922X

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2022
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period9/10/2212/10/22

Keywords

  • haptics
  • immersion
  • multimodal feedback

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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