Preliminary investigation of across-body vibrotactile pattern for the design of affective furniture

Yurike Chandra, Benjamin Tag, Roshan Lalintha Peiris, Kouta Minamizawa

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This research is an exploratory work aimed at evaluating the ability of across-body vibration patterns to communicate emotions. We developed an affective haptic chair that allows seated users to feel tactile sensation around the upper and lower back, bottom, and leg area. We tested the system in two studies. The first study used 25 user-generated haptic patterns to represent five basic emotions, and suggested that across-body haptic patterns are effective in conveying emotions. In the second study, we tested four basic directional patterns identified in study 1 and validated the effect of up, down, left, and right movement on users' emotional states. We observed an improvement in valence value from "up" movement, while the "down" movement was expressed to induce a sense of calmness in users. These findings could be useful in designing future affective furniture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS 2020
EditorsVeronica J. Santos
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728102344
ISBN (Print)9781728102351
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS) 2020 - Washington, United States of America
Duration: 28 Mar 202031 Mar 2020
Conference number: 26th (Proceedings) (Website)

Publication series

NameIEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN (Print)2324-7347
ISSN (Electronic)2324-7355


ConferenceIEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS) 2020
Abbreviated titleHAPTICS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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