Conference Proceedings

Haptic Collar: Vibrotactile Feedback around the Neck for Guidance Applications

Stefanie Schaack, George Chernyshov, Kirill Ragozin, Benjamin Tag, Roshan Peiris, Kai Kunze

Proceedings of the 10th Augmented Human International Conference 2019 on - AH2019 | ACM | Published : 2019

Abstract

In this paper, we present a Haptic Collar prototype, a neck worn band with vibrotactile actuators for eyes-free haptic navigation. We evaluate the system for guidance applications on over 11 users, analyzing 4 different tactile patterns regarding comfort and ease of understanding as well as the number of actuators to encode 8 directions (4, 6 and 8). Overall, users can recognize the directional signs well (up to 95 % recognition rates for over 528 triggers). We also present a use case applying our prototype for a haptic navigation walk.

Grants

Awarded by Japan Science and Technology Agency PRESTO program


Funding Acknowledgements

The work is supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency PRESTO program under Grant No: JPMJPR16D4.