Wearable Haptics

On-body systems that delver haptic feedback have powerful potential for applications from improving navigation aids to assisting in anxiety management.

Problem

Haptics is a relatively new research area that requires more investigation and testing. In particular, we are interested in wearable haptic devices for navigation assistance for individuals with visual impairments and anxiety reduction for individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety. But user requirements, system designs, and device effectiveness in these areas are not yet well understood.

Solution

We are working with potential stakeholders (i.e., individuals with visual impairments for the former project, and clinicians with experience treating anxiety for the latter) to design useful systems for real end users. In our evaluations, we aim to identify significant differences between our research systems and current state-of-the-art solutions in these areas.

People

  • Ryan Quick (MS Student)
  • Anisha Bontula (MS Student)
  • Emily Shannon (Undergraduate Researcher)

Publications

  • Ryan Quick, Karina Puente, Anisha Bontula, and Naomi T. Fitter, "Extending the Depth Perception of People Who Are Blind," Accepted to the IEEE World Haptics Conference (Work-in-Progress Paper), Montreal, Canada, 2021. [BibTeX] [PDF]
  • Hannah Brown, Emily Shannon, and Naomi T. Fitter, "Design and Preliminary Evaluation of the AID Vest: An Automatic Inflatable Wearable Device for Anxiety Reduction," Paper accepted to the IEEE World Haptics Conference, Montreal, Canada, 2021. [BibTeX] [PDF]
  • Ryan Quick and Naomi T. Fitter, "Comparing the Perception of Vibrotactile Feedback on the Anterior and Posterior Sides of Wrists, Elbows, Ankles, and Knees," Proceedings of the IEEE Haptics Symposium Conference (Work-in-Progress Paper), Washington, D.C., USA, 2020. [BibTeX] [PDF]
  • Rebecca P. Khurshid, Naomi T. Fitter, Elizabeth A. Fedalei, and Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, "Effects of grip-force, contact, and acceleration feedback on a teleoperated pick-and-place task," IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 10(1):40-53, 2017. [BibTeX] [PDF]