Presentation of Sudden Temperature Change Using Spatially Divided Warm and Cool Stimuli

Katsunari Sato, Takashi Maeno

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We propose a thermal display that can present a sudden temperature change using spatially divided warm and cold stimuli; the display exploits two characteristics of human thermal perception: the spatial resolution of thermal sensation is low, and the thermal threshold depends on the adapting temperature. Experimental results confirmed that users perceived separate individual thermal stimuli as a single stimulus when the thermally stimulated area was small because of the low spatial resolution. The spatially distributed warm and cold stimuli enabled users to perceive the thermal sensation rapidly even if the cold stimulus was suddenly presented after the warm stimulus and vice versa. Furthermore, our thermal display successfully made the skin more sensitive to both warm and cold stimuli simultaneously by using spatially divided warm and cold stimuli, each of which separately adjusts the adapting temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHaptics
Subtitle of host publicationPerception, Devices, Mobility, and Communication - International Conference, EuroHaptics 2012, Proceedings
EditorsPoika Isokoski, Jukka Springare
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783642314001
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event8th International Conference, EuroHaptics 2012 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 2012 Jun 132012 Jun 15

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7282 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference8th International Conference, EuroHaptics 2012


  • adapting temperature
  • spatial stimuli
  • thermal display
  • thermal perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science


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