LiquidReality: Wetness Sensations on the Face for Virtual Reality

Roshan Lalintha Peiris*, Liwei Chan, Kouta Minamizawa

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We present LiquidReality, a wearable system that simulates wetness sensations directly on the user’s face for immersive virtual reality applications. The LiquidReality system consists of a headmounted display integrated with thermal and vibrotactile modules that provides co-located haptic feedback with the displayed visuals. With this system, we conducted a preliminary study that evaluated nine types of thermal and thermal/vibrotactile stimuli to induce a wetness sensation on the user’s face. Our results indicate that thermal only stimuli and low frequency vibrotactile stimuli (combined with thermal) induced better wetness perception. Next, using the results from this preliminary study, we evaluated the immersion enhancement when using the LiquidReality system in combination with related visuals. The results indicate that using the LiquidReality system with related visuals, enhances the level of immersion for the user.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHaptics
Subtitle of host publicationScience, Technology, and Applications - 11th International Conference, EuroHaptics 2018, Proceedings
EditorsDomenico Prattichizzo, Emanuele Ruffaldi, Antonio Frisoli, Hiroyuki Shinoda, Hong Z. Tan
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319933986
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event11th International Conference on Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications, EuroHaptics 2018 - Pisa, Italy
Duration: 13 Jun 201816 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10894 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications, EuroHaptics 2018

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