The effect of clothing on thermal feedback perception

Halvey, M., Wilson, G., Vazquez-Alvarez, Y., Brewster, S.A. and Hughes, S.A. (2011) The effect of clothing on thermal feedback perception. In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces - ICMI '11. ACM: New York, NY, USA, pp. 217-220. ISBN 9781450306416 (doi: 10.1145/2070481.2070519)

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Thermal feedback is a new area of research in HCI. To date, studies investigating thermal feedback for interaction have focused on virtual reality, abstract uses of thermal output or on use in highly controlled lab settings. This paper is one of the first to look at how environmental factors, in our case clothing, might affect user perception of thermal feedback and therefore usability of thermal feedback. We present a study into how well users perceive hot and cold stimuli on the hand, thigh and waist. Evaluations were carried out with cotton and nylon between the thermal stimulators and the skin. Results showed that the presence of clothing requires higher intensity thermal changes for detection but that these changes are more comfortable than direct stimulation on skin.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Vazquez-Alvarez, Dr Yolanda and Brewster, Professor Stephen and Wilson, Dr Graham and Halvey, Dr Martin and Hughes, Mr Stephen
Authors: Halvey, M., Wilson, G., Vazquez-Alvarez, Y., Brewster, S.A., and Hughes, S.A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science

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