Vibrotactile and vibroacoustic interventions into health and well-being

Morrison, Ann and Manresa-Yee, Cristina and Knoche, Hendrik (2018) Vibrotactile and vibroacoustic interventions into health and well-being. Universal Access in the Information Society, 17 (1). pp. 5-20. ISSN 1615-5289


We designed a vibrotactile vest with physiological monitoring that interacts with a vibroacoustic urban environment, The Humming Wall. We structured vibrotactile patterns and built a vibrotactile language to convey information and to interact towards and from the vibroacoustic environment in order to elicit sensations and encourage particular body movements. The patterns were structured to emulate calming and activating sensations and to guide or warn the vest wearer. In addition, actions such as swiping or knocking on the wall were replicated on the vest for the vest wearer, and participants could ‘feel’ (vibroacoustically) and hear their own heartbeats and breath rates at the wall. A field trial with 39 participants was conducted over a 5-week period in an urban park. Participants wearing the vest completed a set of defined tasks. We logged use and responses, videoed all activities and conducted interviews and questionnaires post-experiment. The results depicted the participants’ experience, engagement and impressions while wearing the vibrotactile vest and interacting with the wall. The findings show convincing, strong and positive responses to novel interactions between the responsive vibroacoustic environment and the vibrotactile vest. We found compelling evidence to support further exploration into vibrotactile and vibroacoustic solutions for improving health and well-being. The work presented demonstrates the capacity for health and well-being solutions with multiple use cases. Additionally, this work constitutes the first field trial with a vibrotactile wearable responding to and driving vibroacoustic displays with an interactive vibroacoustic environment.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 23:48
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2021 06:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: haptic patterns; healthcare and well-being; The Humming Wall; vibroacoustic; vibrotactile; wearable computing; haptic patterns; well being; walls (structural patterns)
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
09 Engineering > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090399 Biomedical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4608 Human-centred computing > 460806 Human-computer interaction
40 ENGINEERING > 4003 Biomedical engineering > 400399 Biomedical engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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