Masque: Exploring lateral skin stretch feedback on the face with head-mounted displays

Chi Wang, Da Yuan Huang, Shuo Wen Hsu, Chu En Hou, Yeu Luen Chiu, Ruei Che Chang, Jo Yu Lo, Bing Yu Chen

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Abstract

We propose integrating an array of skin stretch modules with an head-mounted display (HMD) to provide two-dimensional skin stretch feedback on the user's face. Skin stretch has been found effective to induce the perception of force (e.g. weight or inertia) and to enable directional haptic cues. However, its potential as an HMD output for virtual reality (VR) remains to be exploited. Our explorative study firstly investigated the design of shear tactors. Based on our results, Masque has been implemented as an HMD prototype actuating six shear tactors positioned on the HMD's face interface. A comfort study was conducted to ensure that skin stretches generated by Masque are acceptable to all participants. The following two perception-based studies examined the minimum changes in skin stretch distance and stretch angles that are detectable by participants. The results help us to design haptic profiles as well as our prototype applications. Finally, the user evaluation indicates that participants welcomed Masque and regarded skin stretch feedback as a worthwhile addition to HMD output.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages439-451
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368162
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2019 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 20 Oct 201923 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameUIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Conference

Conference32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2019
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period20/10/1923/10/19

Keywords

  • Haptics
  • HMD prototype
  • Shear tactor
  • Skin stretch
  • Virtual reality

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    Wang, C., Huang, D. Y., Hsu, S. W., Hou, C. E., Chiu, Y. L., Chang, R. C., Lo, J. Y., & Chen, B. Y. (2019). Masque: Exploring lateral skin stretch feedback on the face with head-mounted displays. In UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 439-451). (UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3332165.3347898