Designing the next generation of mobile haptic interfaces

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This talk will describe two current research projects into designing new haptic output systems for mobile devices.

Abstract

Haptic feedback systems exploit users' sense of touch to convey information. This talk will describe two current research projects into designing new haptic output systems for mobile devices. The first project investigates one alternative to the flat and rigid screens on current mobile devices. We propose a new type of display whose components can vertically actuate and tilt. Users can then both see and feel the information displayed, such as the terrain on a street map.

The second project uses ultrasonic air pressure waves to create mid-air vibrations on the user's hand. We demonstrate this technology in a mobile haptic TV application and show how the same concept can be used to manipulate tangible objects on an interactive surface.

The talk will include a demonstration of some of the hardware developed in these projects.

Jason's bio

Jason is a lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. His primary research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction, with a particular interest in developing the next generation of interaction techniques. His recent research is hardware-driven, with work such the Tilt Displays combining tangible interaction and future display technologies. Other work has developed the next generation of haptic feedback (using ultrasound) and investigated a range of unique gestural interaction techniques. He is always keen to hear from enthusiastic prospective Ph.D. students or post-docs wishing to work in these areas.

He was previously a post-doctoral researcher in the Bristol Interaction and Graphics (BIG) group at the University of Bristol. Before that he was a Ph.D. student in the HCI and Multimedia Lab at the University of Canterbury.

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