Frictio: Passive kinesthetic force feedback for smart ring output

Teng Han, Qian Han, Michelle Annett, Fraser Anderson, XDa-Yuan Huang, Xing Dong Yang

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Abstract

Smart rings have a unique form factor suitable for many applications, however, they offer little opportunity to provide the user with natural output. We propose passive kinesthetic force feedback as a novel output method for rotational input on smart rings. With this new output channel, friction force profiles can be designed, programmed, and felt by a user when they rotate the ring. This modality enables new interactions for ring form factors. We demonstrate the potential of this new haptic output method though Frictio, a prototype smart ring. In a controlled experiment, we determined the recognizability of six force profiles, including Hard Stop, Ramp-Up, Ramp-Down, Resistant Force, Bump, and No Force. The results showed that participants could distinguish between the force profiles with 94% accuracy. We conclude by presenting a set of novel interaction techniques that Frictio enables, and discuss insights and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2017 - Proceedings of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages131-142
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349819
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Oct 2017
Event30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2017 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 22 Oct 201725 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameUIST 2017 - Proceedings of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Conference

Conference30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2017
CountryCanada
CityQuebec City
Period22/10/1725/10/17

Keywords

  • Haptics
  • Passive kinesthetic force feedback
  • Ring
  • Wearable

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    Han, T., Han, Q., Annett, M., Anderson, F., Huang, XD-Y., & Yang, X. D. (2017). Frictio: Passive kinesthetic force feedback for smart ring output. In UIST 2017 - Proceedings of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 131-142). (UIST 2017 - Proceedings of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3126594.3126622