Representation of softness sensation using vibrotactile stimuli under amplitude control

Lope Ben Porquis, Masashi Konyo, Satoshi Tadokoro

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Abstract

An experimental study was done to examine the relationship between vibrotactile amplitude displacement and softness sensation. Merkel Disk behavior relative to softness sensation was studied under psychophysical experimentation of human participants. Restrictions are carefully applied on contact area spreading so that vibration will be the only factor that would induce a sensation. A vibrotactile device was excited at constant frequency and its amplitude is adjusted at different levels to alter the amount of skin displacement. Volunteers participated in a two-alternative force choice experiment were ask to compare the perceived softness difference between voice coil and silicone rubber. Statistical analysis on the responses of participants showed a decline of spring constant. It was interesting to note, that even though contact area was significantly restrained participants were still able to discriminate softness sensation form vibrotactile stimulation. Such observation possibly shows that illusion of contact area spread rate can be reproduced by vibrotactile stimulation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2011
Pages1380-1385
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Event2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2011 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 2011 May 92011 May 13

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2011
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period11/5/911/5/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Porquis, L. B., Konyo, M., & Tadokoro, S. (2011). Representation of softness sensation using vibrotactile stimuli under amplitude control. In 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2011 (pp. 1380-1385). [5980378] (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2011.5980378