A Proof of Concept Integrated Multi-Systems Approach for Large Scale Tactile Feedback in VR

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Abstract

It is well understood that multi-sensory stimulation can be
used to enhance immersion in virtual environments such as Virtual Reality
(VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). State of the art VR technologies
have enhanced visual stimulation in aspects such as pixel density in recent
years, whilst the area of haptics has remained less developed. The
Ultrahaptics Evaluation Kit is a relatively new technology that consists
of a 16x16 array of ultrasound transducers used to create ultrasound haptic
sensations. We have developed a proof of concept large scale haptic
system by integrating this device with an HTC VIVE, Leap Motion and
Rethink Robotics Baxter Robot to provide ultrasound haptic feedback
in a volume greater than 1.5m3 for VR users. The system was evaluated
through a user study with 19 participants. The study focused on users'
assessments of the location of the haptics produced by the system. The
results of the study oer a means of validating the system, as well as providing
comparisons in accuracy for a haptic perception task vs a visual
perception task. There have been opportunities recognised for improving
accuracy of the system. However, the system has been deemed suitable
in creating haptic feedback for low delity models within large volumes
in VR.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted - 24 Jun 2019
EventThe 6th International Conference on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics (SalentoAVR2019) - Santa Maria al Bagno, Italy
Duration: 25 Jun 2019 → …
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Conference

ConferenceThe 6th International Conference on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics (SalentoAVR2019)
CountryItaly
CitySanta Maria al Bagno
Period25/06/2019 → …
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