Designing Vibrotactile Widgets with Printed Actuators and Sensors

Frisson, C., Decaudin, J., Pietrzak, T., Ng, A., Poncet, P., Casset, F., Latour, A. and Brewster, S. A. (2017) Designing Vibrotactile Widgets with Printed Actuators and Sensors. In: UIST '17 Adjunct Publication of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Quebec City, QC, Canada, 22-25 Oct 2017, pp. 11-13. ISBN 9781450354196 (doi:10.1145/3131785.3131800)

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Abstract

Physical controls are fabricated through complicated assembly of parts requiring expensive machinery and are prone to mechanical wear. One solution is to embed controls directly in interactive surfaces, but the proprioceptive part of gestural interaction that makes physical controls discoverable and usable solely by hand gestures is lost and has to be compensated, by vibrotactile feedback for instance. Vibrotactile actuators face the same aforementioned issues as for physical controls. We propose printed vibrotactile actuators and sensors. They are printed on plastic sheets, with piezoelectric ink for actuation, and with silver ink for conductive elements, such as wires and capacitive sensors. These printed actuators and sensors make it possible to design vibrotactile widgets on curved surfaces, without complicated mechanical assembly.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen and Ng, Dr Alexander
Authors: Frisson, C., Decaudin, J., Pietrzak, T., Ng, A., Poncet, P., Casset, F., Latour, A., and Brewster, S. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:ACM Press
ISBN:9781450354196
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in UIST '17 Adjunct Publication of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology: 11-13
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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670071HappinessStephen BrewsterEuropean Commission (EC)645145COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE