Handheld haptics with a lateral skin-stretch tactile display

by Joseph Luk (SPIN Lab)
and Jerome Pasquero (Haptics Lab, Centre for Intelligent Machines at McGill University)


Haptics -- interaction through the sense of touch -- shows considerable promise as a user interface modality in mobile and handheld applications, because of its personal, intimate nature, and because of limited bandwidth in the visual and auditory modalities. At the same time, mobile use requires minimization of size, weight, and power consumption, which has presented significant challenges for mobile haptics. In this talk we will introduce some of the latest work on haptic devices from the Haptic Lab at McGill, and cover a collaborative project with UBC's SPIN lab that uses a lightweight, piezoelectrically actuated tactile display to explore user interface possibilities with haptics in a mobile device.

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