Sensory Perception & Interaction Research Group

University of British Columbia

People describe vibrations using emotional descriptions. For example, signals can feel more or less "lively" than others. Can this language be used to stylize vibrations to feel more/less along certain emotional dimensions? 

Voodle is an interface that uses vocal input to design haptic behaviour.

The CuddleBot allows us to use an animal model of therapy to examine how touch interactions influence stress and anxiety mitigation.

Crowdsourcing can gather rapid feedback at scale, but how do we crowdsource a haptic prototype? Haptic proxies are visualizations and simplified phone vibrations that can be used to represent high-fidelity haptics in studies conducted using Mechanical Turk.

Sensing the way people touch certain kind of objects gives us insight into the toucher's emotional state.

Our furry robots' breathing is innately calming. Can we use this therapeutically?

Bits are one-degree-of-freedom actuated sketches which we use as a design tool to explore rendering of emotion through physical and visual motion.

Flexible smartphones can use life-like movement to communicate information to users.

People differ widely in how they perceive and want to use tactile signals. What kind of tools are needed to support them in customizing?