ThirdHand: Wearing a robotic arm to experience rich force feedback

Yi Chi Liao, Shun Yao Yang, Rong Hao Liang, Liwei Chan, Bing Yu Chen

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Mobile devices such as smartphones become prevalent gaming platforms. To enrich the gaming experiences, researchers are increasingly interested in bringing various haptic feedback to the mobile games. Traditional haptic devices such as phantom 1, a robotic arm that generates force on fingers in precise 6 DOF (Degree Of Freedom), can provide accurate and rich force feedback. However, since the devices need to be grounded on a fixed surface, they are not mobile. Therefore, recent research also explored haptic interaction on mobile devices with self-contain mechanisms. GyroTab [Badshah et al. 2012] demonstrated the potential of ungrounded devices using gyro effect to generate torque feedback. Muscle-propelled force feedback [Lopes and Baudisch 2013] eliminated motors and instead actuating the users muscle for creating feedback. However, these devices provide only 1-DOF force feedback, therefore limit the possible expressions and applications. Hence, this work presents ThirdHand (Figure 1), a wearable robotic arm which provide 5-DOF force feedback to enrich gaming experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Emerging Technologies, SA 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450339254
StatePublished - 2 Nov 2015
EventSIGGRAPH Asia, SA 2015 - Kobe, Japan
Duration: 2 Nov 20156 Nov 2015

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NameSIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Emerging Technologies, SA 2015


ConferenceSIGGRAPH Asia, SA 2015

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    Liao, Y. C., Yang, S. Y., Liang, R. H., Chan, L., & Chen, B. Y. (2015). ThirdHand: Wearing a robotic arm to experience rich force feedback. In SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Emerging Technologies, SA 2015 [2818487] (SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Emerging Technologies, SA 2015). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.