A demonstration of haptic retargeting: Dynamic repurposing of passive haptics for enhanced virtual reality experience

Mahdi Azmandian, Mark Hancock, Hrvoje Benko, Eyal Ofek, and Andrew D. Wilson. In Proc. CHI EA, pp. 3647-3650, 2016.

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Manipulating a virtual object with appropriate passive haptic cues provides a satisfying sense of presence in virtual reality. However, scaling such experiences to support multiple virtual objects is a challenge as each one needs to be accompanied with a precisely-located haptic proxy object. We showcase a solution that overcomes this limitation by hacking human perception. Our framework for repurposing passive haptics, called haptic retargeting, leverages the dominance of vision when our senses conflict. With haptic retargeting, a single physical prop can provide passive haptics for multiple virtual objects. We introduce three approaches for dynamically aligning physical and virtual objects: body manipulation, world manipulation and a hybrid technique which combines both world and body manipulation. This demonstration accompanies our CHI 2016 paper.

Bibtex entry

@INPROCEEDINGS { Azmandian:2016:DHR:2851581.2890265,
    AUTHOR = { Mahdi Azmandian and Mark Hancock and Hrvoje Benko and Eyal Ofek and Andrew D. Wilson },
    TITLE = { A Demonstration of Haptic Retargeting: Dynamic Repurposing of Passive Haptics for Enhanced Virtual Reality Experience },
    BOOKTITLE = { Proc. CHI EA },
    SERIES = { CHI EA '16 },
    YEAR = { 2016 },
    ISBN = { 978-1-4503-4082-3 },
    LOCATION = { Santa Clara, California, USA },
    PAGES = { 3647--3650 },
    NUMPAGES = { 4 },
    DOI = { 10.1145/2851581.2890265 },
    ACMID = { 2890265 },
    PUBLISHER = { ACM },
    ADDRESS = { New York, NY, USA },
    KEYWORDS = { haptics, perception, virtual reality },