Social Haptic Communication mimicked with vibrotactile patterns: an evaluation by users with deafblindness

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Abstract

Many devices, such as smart phones, implement vibration motors for tactile feedback. When multiple vibration motors are placed on, for instance, the backrest of a chair it is possible to trace shapes on the back of a person by sequentially switching motors on and off. Social Haptic Communication (SHC) is a tactile mode of communication for persons with deafblindness that makes use of tracing shapes or other types of spatiotemporal patterns with the hand on the back of another person. This could be emulated using vibrotactile patterns. Here we investigated whether SHC users with deafblindness would recognize the vibrotactile patterns as SHC signs (Haptices). In several cases the participants immediately linked a vibrotactile patterns to the Haptice that is was meant to imitate. Together with the participants we improved and expanded the set of vibrotactile patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASSETS '21: The 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
EditorsJonathan Lazar, Jinjuan Heidi Feng, Faustina Hwang
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1-3
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-8306-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2021
EventASSETS '21: The 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - Virtual, United States
Duration: 18 Oct 202122 Oct 2021
Conference number: 23
https://assets21.sigaccess.org

Conference

ConferenceASSETS '21: The 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
Abbreviated titleASSETS '21
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period18/10/2122/10/21
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Keywords

  • Social Haptic Communication (SHC)
  • co-design
  • users with deafblindness
  • vibratory patterns

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