Designing skin-dragging haptic motions for wearables

Seungwoo Je, Okyu Choi, Kyungah Choi, Minkyeong Lee, Hyeon Jeong Suk, Liwei Chan, Andrea Bianchi

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Skin-dragging is an emerging type of haptic feedback that coveys both precise spatial and temporal tactile cues through the motion of a small pin dragged across the skin. While past research focused on building skin-dragging wearable devices with different form-factors, and testing their feasibility, it is still unclear what the user's perception of such haptic stimuli is, and how designers should generate dragging motionpatterns for informative feedback to be presented on a finger. In this work, we attempt to answer these questions. We therefore asked designers to create dragging motions using changes of speed, direction and length. We then tested the generated skin-dragging motions with a haptic smart-ring, classified them and extracted guidelines that can be used to convey rich and informative feedback on the fingers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISWC 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351881
StatePublished - 11 Sep 2017
Event29th ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2017 - Maui, United States
Duration: 11 Sep 201715 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC
VolumePart F130534
ISSN (Print)1550-4816


Conference29th ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2017
CountryUnited States


  • Emotional classification
  • Eyes-free
  • Haptics
  • Motion design
  • Skin-drag
  • Smart-ring
  • Wearable

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