Haptic Belt

Haptic Belt

Haptic Belt

July, 2011

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Recently, much research in the area of haptic technologies has focused on the development of waist-worn haptic belts, also known as vibrotactile or vibration belts, as a substitution or augmentation modality for audio-visual information. Vibrotactile belts have been used in varied applications such as navigational aids, spatial orientation displays and balance control systems. Researchers have mostly focused on the functionality of these vibrotactile belts for specific applications, while neglecting performance and usability design considerations. We've proposed design requirements that, when followed, will aid in the development of a versatile, usable haptic belt. The image depicts a haptic belt we've constructed following these design requirements. Since its implementation, it has been successfully used in a number of applications including choreographed dance instruction, audio-haptic described movies and social interaction assistance for individuals who are blind. As part of future research, we are further assessing the usability of the belt in different applications, and exploring how the proposed design requirements translate to other vibrotactile wearables.

Funding Sources

AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratories) BAA, HANSCOM AFB, FA8721-10-C-0002

Members

Daniel Villanueva

Daniel Villanueva

Ph.D Student Researcher

Jacob Rosenthal

Jacob Rosenthal

Undergrad Student Researcher

Nathan Edwards

Nathan Edwards

Undergrad Student Researcher

Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan

Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan

Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise; Chief Research and Innovation Officer; Founding Director, Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC); Foundation Chair in Computing and Informatics

Sreekar Krishna

Sreekar Krishna

Assistant Research Technologist

Dr. Troy L. McDaniel

Dr. Troy L. McDaniel

Assistant Professor, The Polytechnic School; Director, HAPT-X Laboratory; Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC); Co-PI, NSF-NRT grant program, Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living