Virtual Whiskers: Cheek Haptic-Based Spatial Directional Guidance in a Virtual Space

Fumihiko Nakamura, Adrien Verhulst, Kuniharu Sakurada, Masaaki Fukuoka, Maki Sugimoto

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

In spatial navigation, adding haptic cues to visual information lets users understand the spatial information better. Most haptic devices stimulate various body parts, while few devices target our heads that are sensitive to mechanical stimuli. This paper presents Virtual Whiskers, a spatial directional guidance technique using cheek haptics in a virtual space. We created a cheek haptic stimulation device by attaching two tiny robot arms to a Head-Mounted Display. The robot arms trace the cheek with proximity sensors to estimate the cheek surface. Target azimuthal and elevational directions are translated into a point on the cheek surface. The robot arms touch the point to present target directional cues. We demonstrate our technique in two applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 XR, SA 2021
EditorsStephen N. Spencer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450390750
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 14
EventSIGGRAPH Asia 2021 XR - Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Conference - Asia, SA 2021 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2021 Dec 142021 Dec 17

Publication series

NameProceedings - SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 XR, SA 2021

Conference

ConferenceSIGGRAPH Asia 2021 XR - Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Conference - Asia, SA 2021
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityTokyo
Period21/12/1421/12/17

Keywords

  • cheek haptics
  • robot arm
  • spatial guidance
  • virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Virtual Whiskers: Cheek Haptic-Based Spatial Directional Guidance in a Virtual Space'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this