Abstract

Individuals who are blind are at a disadvantage when interacting with sighted peers given that nearly 65% of interaction cues are non-verbal in nature [3]. Previously, we proposed an assistive device in the form of a vibrotactile belt capable of communicating interpersonal positions (direction and distance between users who are blind and the other participants involved in a social interaction). In this paper, we extend our work through use of novel tactile rhythms to provide access to the non-verbal cue of interpersonal distance, referred to as Proxemics in popular literature. Experimental results reveal that subjects found the proposed approach to be intuitive, and they could accurately recognize the rhythms, and hence, the interpersonal distances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2010 - The 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts
Pages3985-3990
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 9 2010
Event28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Apr 10 2010Apr 15 2010

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

Other28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period4/10/104/15/10

Keywords

  • Haptic belt
  • Tactile rhythm
  • Tactons
  • Vibrotactile belt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

Cite this

McDaniel, T., Villanueva, D., Krishna, S., Colbry, D., & Panchanathan, S. (2010). Heartbeats: A methodology to convey interpersonal distance through touch. In CHI 2010 - The 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts (pp. 3985-3990). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1145/1753846.1754090