Vibrotactile and vibroacoustic communications: pairs in interaction and play—an interactive structure and bodies in an urban environment

Morrison, Ann and Manresa-Yee, Cristina and Knoche, Hendrik and Jensen, Walther (2017) Vibrotactile and vibroacoustic communications: pairs in interaction and play—an interactive structure and bodies in an urban environment. Universal Access in the Information Society. ISSN 1615-5289


We designed a vibrotactile vest and The Humming Wall, a vibroacoustic interactive furniture set in an urban environment to interact with each other. We developed the vibrotactile patterns in the vest as a form of vibrotactile language to convey information to the wearer. In addition, we designed a set of interactive movements on The Humming Wall that would trigger patterns on the vest and elicit sensations and encourage body movements onto the wearer’s body. We invited people to interact in pairs at The Humming Wall, with one at the wall and one wearing the vest (they later swapped roles). Actions by the one at the wall, such as swiping or knocking on the wall were repeated on the vest wearer’s body. In addition, participants
could ‘feel’ (vibroacoustically) and hear their own heartbeats and breath rates at the wall. We conducted a field trial with 39 participants over a 5-week period. Participants wearing the vest (and their pair) completed a set of tasks. We logged use and responses, recorded all activities on video and conducted post-experiment interviews and questionnaires. The results depicted the participants’ experience, communication and connection 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. This work constitutes the first field trial with people ‘working’ in pairs with a vibrotactile wearable responding to and driving vibroacoustic displays with an interactive vibroacoustic environment.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 33660
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 28 Nov 2017. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Digital Life Lab
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 04:25
Last Modified: 08 May 2018 02:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: pairs interacting, play, communication, connection, wearable computing, vibrotactile, The Humming Wall, haptic patterns, vibroacoustic
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
12 Built Environment and Design > 1203 Design Practice and Management > 120302 Design Innovation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Funding Details:
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s10209-017-0598-9

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only