1572. The effects of realistic tactile haptic feedback on user surface texture perception

Shana Smith1, Gregory C. Smith2, Ji-Liang Lee3

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei City, Taiwan, R.O.C.

1Corresponding author

E-mail: 1ssmith@ntu.edu.tw, 2gsfsmith@msn.com, 3foxlee1124@gmail.com

(Received 14 July 2014; received in revised form 1 September 2014; accepted 18 September 2014)

Abstract. Haptic interaction plays an important role in virtual reality and human‑computer interaction paradigms. However, most haptic devices only create kinesthetic feedback or simple unrealistic tactile feedback. This study presents theory and practice for creating realistic tactile feedback. The approach is based upon skin sensing capabilities, tactile perception principles, and tactile stimulation techniques. The approach uses a vibration sensor, controller, and actuator to create a tactile haptic device. The device is portable, small, light, and cost-effective. This study uses the device to create realistic tactile sensations from actual surface features, and measures the effects of tactile haptic feedback on user surface texture perception. Verification test results show that the device can create realistic tactile feedback that matches actual surface features well. User test results show that users can match actuator vibrations for 40‑grit and 180‑grit surface textures to actual 40‑grit and 180‑grit surface textures 99.3 % of the time.

Keywords: realistic tactile haptic feedback, user surface texture perception.


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Cite this article

Smith Shana, Smith Gregory C., Lee Ji‑Liang The effects of realistic tactile haptic feedback on user surface texture perception. Journal of Vibroengineering, Vol. 17, Issue 2, 2015, p. 1004‑1016.


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