Adding texture to aerial images using ultrasounds

Yasuaki Monnai, Keisuke Hasegawa, Masahiro Fujiwara, Kazuma Yoshino, Seki Inoue, Hiroyuki Shinoda

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We present a method to add textures to aerial images using ultrasounds. The superposition of an acoustic radiation pressure on an aerial image allows users to feel a tactile texture of a virtual object floating in midair. Tactile textures can be altered by modulating the waveform of the ultrasounds. The tactile feedback is presented selectively on the user’s fingertip using an infrared sensor without an extra marker. The proposed method provides a rich visuo–tactile experience all in free space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9784431556893
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Haptic Interaction, Asia Haptics 2014 - Tsukuba, Japan
Duration: 2014 Nov 182014 Nov 20

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
ISSN (Print)18761100
ISSN (Electronic)18761119


Other1st International Conference on Haptic Interaction, Asia Haptics 2014


  • Aerial imaging
  • Floating touch panel
  • Midair interaction
  • Noncontact tactile feedback

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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