Experiencing touch by technology

Judith Weda, Dasha Kolesnyk, Angelika H. Mader, Jan B.F. van Erp

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Abstract

Touch technology can mediate social touch in situations when people cannot be physically close. Recent social touch technologies use haptic actuators capable of displaying pressure touch. We studied experience in two set-ups which use such actuators: a motorized ribbon and a McKibben sleeve. We investigated whether there is an inherent emotional and sensory experience attached to sensations produced by those set-ups. Participants were presented with pressure touches varying in rate of force change, peak force and contact area. Participants rated the sensory and emotional experience of each stimulus variation with a check-all-that-apply measure of 79 items in two sections and the Emojigrid. We found that force has a major effect on the experience of a passive pressure touch. Speed and width also played a role, but to a lesser extent and only in one of the set-ups. The results inform the design of mediated social touch applications in making the technology more congruent with the context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHaptics: Science, Technology, Applications
Subtitle of host publication13th International Conference on Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications, EuroHaptics 2022, Hamburg, Germany, May 22–25, 2022, Proceedings
EditorsHasti Seifi, Astrid M. Kappers, Oliver Schneider, Knut Drewing, Claudio Pacchierotti, Alireza Abbasimoshaei, Gijs Huisman, Thorsten A. Kern
PublisherSpringer
Pages110-118
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-06249-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-06248-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2022
Event13th International Conference on Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications, EuroHaptics 2022 - Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 22 May 202225 May 2022
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume13235

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications, EuroHaptics 2022
Abbreviated titleEuroHaptics 2022
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityHamburg
Period22/05/2225/05/22

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