Abstract

A human centered pragmatic approach to the design and implementation of a vibrotactile belt is presented in this paper. Based on a) extensive usability feedback we've collected over the past year, and b) a thorough survey of existing design guidelines from the literature, we propose a set of design guidelines for the development of haptic belts that can span seamlessly across various applications. These guidelines cover three important aspects for haptic belts: functionality, performance and usability, which are vital for longitudinal use by end users. Taking a human-centric approach from these design guidelines, we demonstrate the construction of a wirelessly controlled haptic belt design that is versatile, usable and practical. Implementation details of the belt are given, along with a preliminary usability study and a brief review of some of the important application areas of haptic belts. Results from the usability study reveal that participants were very pleased with the proposed haptic belt, and found it to be easy to wear and use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games, HAVE 2009 - Proceedings
Pages13-18
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games, HAVE 2009 - Lecco, Italy
Duration: Nov 7 2009Nov 8 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games, HAVE 2009 - Proceedings

Other

Other2009 IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games, HAVE 2009
CountryItaly
CityLecco
Period11/7/0911/8/09

Keywords

  • Assistive devices
  • Assistive technology
  • Haptic belt
  • Tactile display
  • Tactile icons
  • Tactons
  • Vibrotactile belt
  • Vibrotactile display
  • Vibrotactile wearable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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