Perception of ultrasonic haptic feedback on the hand: Localisation and apparent motion

Graham Wilson, Thomas Carter, Sriram Subramanian, Stephen A. Brewster

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Abstract

Ultrasonic haptic feedback is a promising means of providing tactile sensations in mid-air without encumbering the user with an actuator. However, controlled and rigorous HCI research is needed to understand the basic characteristics of perception of this new feedback medium, and so how best to utilise ultrasonic haptics in an interface. This paper describes two experiments conducted into two fundamental aspects of ultrasonic haptic perception: 1) localisation of a static point and 2) the perception of motion. Understanding these would provide insight into 1) the spatial resolution of an ultrasonic interface and 2) what forms of feedback give the most convincing illusion of movement. Results show an average localisation error of 8.5mm, with higher error along the longitudinal axis. Convincing sensations of motion were produced when travelling longer distances, using longer stimulus durations and stimulating multiple points along the trajectory. Guidelines for feedback design are given.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2014
Subtitle of host publicationOne of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Pages1133-1142
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period26/04/141/05/14

Keywords

  • haptic feedback
  • localisation
  • perception
  • ultrasound

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    Wilson, G., Carter, T., Subramanian, S., & Brewster, S. A. (2014). Perception of ultrasonic haptic feedback on the hand: Localisation and apparent motion. In CHI 2014: One of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1133-1142). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557033