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Oral Session 4B: Wearable Haptics
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The Rice Haptic Rocker: Altering the Perception of Skin Stretch through Mapping and Geometric Design
Janelle P. Clark, Sung Y. Kim, and Marcia K. O'Malley
(Rice University, USA)
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Abstract: Skin stretch haptic devices are well-suited for transmitting information through touch, a promising avenue in prosthetic research, addressing the lack of feedback in myoelectric designs. Rocker-based skin stretch devices have been proposed for sensory substitution and navigational feedback, but the designs vary in their geometry. Other works create torsional stretch, and utilize nonlinear mappings to enhance perception. This work investigates parameters of rocker geometry and mapping functions, and how they impact user perception. We hypothesize that perceptual changes are dependent on the choice of stretch increment sizes over the range of motion. The rocker geometry is varied with an offset between the rotational and geometric axes, and three rocker designs are evaluated during a targeting task implemented with a nonlinear or linear mapping. The rockers with no offset and a positive offset (wide) perform better than the negative offset (narrow) case, though the mapping method does not affect target accuracy.


Time stamp: 2020-02-22T15:48:35+01:00