A proof of concept integrated multi-systems approach for large scale tactile feedback in VR

Daniel Brice*, Thomas McRoberts, Karen Rafferty

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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 16×16 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 1.5 m3 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 offer 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 fidelity models within large volumes in VR.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAugmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Computer Graphics: 6th International Conference, AVR 2019, Proceedings
EditorsLucio Tommaso De Paolis, Patrick Bourdot
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages120-137
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783030259648
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event6th International Conference on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics, SALENTO AVR 2019 - Santa Maria al Bagno, Italy
Duration: 24 Jun 201927 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11613 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics, SALENTO AVR 2019
CountryItaly
CitySanta Maria al Bagno
Period24/06/201927/06/2019

Keywords

  • Haptics
  • Immersion
  • System integration
  • Ultrasound
  • Virtual Reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Brice, D., McRoberts, T., & Rafferty, K. (2019). A proof of concept integrated multi-systems approach for large scale tactile feedback in VR. In L. T. De Paolis, & P. Bourdot (Eds.), Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Computer Graphics: 6th International Conference, AVR 2019, Proceedings (pp. 120-137). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11613 LNCS). Springer-Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25965-5_10