Human position guidance using vibrotactile feedback stimulation based on phantom-sensation

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a novel method to guide a person around space using continuous vibrotactile feedback on the wrist. Different from previous research, we use the Phantom Sensation illusion to produce 'virtual' cues in places where there is no physical vibrotactile actuator. This allows us to produce a vibration at any place of the skin around the wrist. Users are requested to follow the produced cues in order to move around space by moving towards the direction signaled by the cue ('pull' mapping). We also propose using the vibration amplitude in order to represent the proximity to the goal. Through experiments, we evidenced that users were able to reach arbitrary positions around space solely guided by the vibrotactile cues. Each user performed the task both with and without the proximity information. Although we did not observe a significant difference in the performance, we discuss the trade-offs about mapping the proximity to the vibration amplitude. We think this method can be applied for intelligent indoor navigation or group coordination, and we hope to expand the concept further to simultaneously guide multiple people moving at higher speed, such as team sports coaching.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Cyborg and Bionic Systems, CBS 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages235-240
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728150734
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sep
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Cyborg and Bionic Systems, CBS 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 2019 Sep 182019 Sep 20

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE International Conference on Cyborg and Bionic Systems, CBS 2019

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Cyborg and Bionic Systems, CBS 2019
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period19/9/1819/9/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Sensory Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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