The TouchBox: open-source haptic device for finger-based interaction

Abstract : The TouchBox is a low-cost DIY human-computer interface providing fast, wide-band and high-dynamics vibrotactile feedback, tracking the position of up to two finger-pads in contact with its top surface, and measuring their contact areas as well as the applied normal and lateral (3D) forces. Finger-pressing is a common gesture while interacting with everyday objects, including digital devices. Also, while one or more fingers are in contact with an object (as the result of finger-pressing), another common gesture is that of pushing or sliding the finger(s) over the touched surface, giving rise to shear strain. The proposed interface addresses a simplified version of such scenario. Applications range from using the interface as calibrated measurement device to advanced human-machine interaction.
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Stefano Papetti, Martin Fröhlich. The TouchBox: open-source haptic device for finger-based interaction. International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design - HAID2019, Mar 2019, Lille, France. ⟨10.5281/zenodo.1204970⟩. ⟨hal-02045943⟩



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