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

Mahdi Azmandian, Mark Hancock, Hrvoje Benko, Eyal Ofek, and Andrew D. Wilson. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces, pp. 501-504, 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 demo has been presented previously at CHI 2016.

Bibtex entry

@INPROCEEDINGS { Azmandian:2016:DHR:2992154.2996883,
    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 Experiences },
    BOOKTITLE = { Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces },
    SERIES = { ISS '16 },
    YEAR = { 2016 },
    ISBN = { 978-1-4503-4248-3 },
    LOCATION = { Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada },
    PAGES = { 501--504 },
    NUMPAGES = { 4 },
    DOI = { 10.1145/2992154.2996883 },
    ACMID = { 2996883 },
    PUBLISHER = { ACM },
    ADDRESS = { New York, NY, USA },
    KEYWORDS = { haptics, perception, virtual reality },