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


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.


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.