Sensory Perception & Interaction Research Group

University of British Columbia

June 2018 (2)

Designing For People Showcase 2018 with Special Speaker Dr. Koji Yatani
 
Building on the HCI @UBC Poster/demo forum held for the past 5 years in April, this year we highlighted the design projects from the DFP (Designing For People) project course 554K (Students and Industry partners) in addition to posters and demos from HCI @UBC and DFP Community (Students and Faculty).
 
The DFP projects were comprised of collaborations with industry groups such as Mozilla, Samsung, and Tableau. 
 

June 2018 (1)

SPIN Alumni Hasti Seifi and Dilan Ustek Eurohaptics Talks and Honours

Hasti Seifi and Dilan Ustek have both recently attended Eurohaptics to present talks and receive awards!

Dilan Ustek presented a talk about her project "A Multimodal Illusion of Force Improves Control Perception in Above-Surface Gesture: Elastic Zoom" as based on her thesis work from UBC. 

HAART: Human-Animal Affective Robot Touch

Social touch gestures performed on a variety of different substrate combinations and collected using a custom-DIY fabric sensor. Originally made available as part of the ICMI '15 Grand Challenge and currently published at http://www.cs.ubc.ca/labs/spin/data/

April 2018

UBC SPIN Lab and DFP are happy to host Dr James Landay!

Dr James Landay of Stanford University visits UBC on April 4th & 5th! This visit is jam-packed with lab demos, talks and workshops! Welcome Dr Landay!

 

Products of Research

Tools

Macaron is a free, open-source, online haptic editor that features an example based approach in further developing a haptic design.  http://hapticdesign.github.io/macaron/

MacaronMix is an online, open-source tool for morphing haptic signals. Designers, researchers, and hapticians can use this tool to create and study haptic icons, and to develop new morphing algorithms. Link: http://hapticdesign.github.io/macaronmix/

An online example of how to organize and find particular tactile signals for customization needs. Try it out at:http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~seifi/VibViz/main.html

Hardware

A DIY amplifier to drive vibration feedback from your laptop. Check it out at: http://www.instructables.com/id/MacaronKit-USB-Powered-Mono-Audio-Amplifier/

Datasets

Social touch gestures performed on a variety of different substrate combinations and collected using a custom-DIY fabric sensor. Originally made available as part of the ICMI '15 Grand Challenge and currently published at http://www.cs.ubc.ca/labs/spin/data/

Dataset pertaining to an algorithm for accurate real-time cadence estimation using accelerometers found in common smartphones. Available at: http://www.cs.ubc.ca/labs/spin/data/

This repository contains all 120 vibrations for the VibViz library including their (.wav) files, their aggregated ratings and tags, and the MDS dimensions for the Sensation, Emotion, Metaphor, and Usage Facets. Check it out at: https://github.com/hastiseifi/VibViz-Dataset

MacaronMix: An Online Platform for Vibrotactile Interpolation

MacaronMix is an online, open-source tool for morphing haptic signals. Designers, researchers, and hapticians can use this tool to create and study haptic icons, and to develop new morphing algorithms. Link: http://hapticdesign.github.io/macaronmix/

March 2018 (2)

EZ-zoom accepted to Eurohaptics 2018!

Congratulations to Dilan and Kevin on their paper acceptance to this year's Eurohaptics conference! Pisa, Italy is in for a treat when it gets to hear all about the pseudohaptic illusionary powers of Elastic Zed Zoom in June!

March 2018 (1)

Haptipedia and Magic Pen impressed audiences at Haptics Symposium 2018!

What a showing at Haptics Symposium: Soheil's Magic Pen makes a mark both as an oral presentation and a demonstration; and Hasti's Haptipedia garnered serious buzz as a Work-In-Progress! Thanks to Karon for hyping both projects to an enthusiastic crowd in San Francisco! Read about there projects here: Magic Pen and Haptipedia.

RRACE: Robust Realtime Algorithm for Cadence Estimation

Dataset pertaining to an algorithm for accurate real-time cadence estimation using accelerometers found in common smartphones. Available at: http://www.cs.ubc.ca/labs/spin/data/