Emoballoon: A balloon-shaped interface recognizing social touch interactions

Kosuke Nakajima, Yuichi Itoh, Yusuke Hayashi, Kazuaki Ikeda, Kazuyuki Fujita, Takao Onoye

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People often communicate with others using social touch interactions including hugging, rubbing, and punching. We propose a soft social-touchable interface called 'Emoballoon' that can recognize the types of social touch interactions. The proposed interface consists of a balloon and some sensors including a barometric pressure sensor inside of a balloon, and has a soft surface and ability to detect the force of the touch input. We construct the prototype of Emoballoon using a simple configuration based on the features of a balloon, and evaluate the implemented prototype. The evaluation indicates that our implementation can distinguish seven types of touch interactions with 83.5% accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2013, VR 2013 - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 7
Externally publishedYes
Event20th IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, VR 2013 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 2013 Mar 162013 Mar 20

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Virtual Reality


Other20th IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, VR 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • gesture recognition
  • social touch interaction
  • soft interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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