Yohanan, S., Hall, JP., MacLean, KE., Croft, E., Van der Loos, M., Baumann, M., Chang, J., Nielsen, D., and Zoghbi, S. “Affect-Driven Emotional Expression with the Haptic Creature,” in User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '09) - Demonstrations. Victoria, Canada: ACM Press, 2009, pp. 2 pages.
Touch is an important part of emotional communication, but has been studied far less than visual and auditory expressions of affect. We are using the Haptic Creature to investigate fundamentals of affective touch, and demonstrate it here in both an autonomous configuration and with its behavior coupled to a user’s sensed affect. This concept has applications ranging from companionship and therapy to gaming and the semi-automated factory floor.