Haptic Empathy: Conveying Emotional Meaning through Vibrotactile Feedback

Yulan Ju, Dingding Zheng, Danny Hynds, George Chernyshov, Kai Kunze, Kouta Minamizawa

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Abstract

Touch plays an essential role in communicating emotions and intensifying interpersonal communication[4]. A lot of research focuses on how to create or improve haptic interfaces looking into challenges and possibilities that the haptic technology can offer[30]. The objective of this research is to investigate whether people can share subjective feelings through simple vibrotactile feedback. In an initial experiment, we used the TECHTILE toolkit[19] to record 28 vibration sample sets for 4 different emotions (joy, anger, sadness, relaxation). We then replayed the vibrations to test how well they could be recognized. The results support the hypothesis that people can use vibration feedback as a medium for expressing specific subjective feelings. It also indicates some universalities in affective vibrotactile stimuli that even strangers with little to no knowledge about the senders could recognize the emotional meanings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380959
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 May 8
Event2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI EA 2021 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: 2021 May 82021 May 13

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI EA 2021
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityVirtual, Online
Period21/5/821/5/13

Keywords

  • affective computing
  • emotion encoding
  • emotion expression
  • emotion recognition
  • haptic interfaces
  • vibration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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