Emotions mediated through mid-air haptics

Obrist, Marianna, Subramanian, Sriram, Gatti, Elia, Long, Benjamin and Carter, Thomas (2015) Emotions mediated through mid-air haptics. CHI 2015 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Seoul, South Korea, 18 - 23 April 2015. Published in: CHI '15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2053-2062. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, United States. ISBN 9781450331456

[img] PDF - Published Version
Restricted to SRO admin only

Download (1MB)


Touch is a powerful vehicle for communication between humans. The way we touch (how) embraces and mediates certain emotions such as anger, joy, fear, or love. While this phenomenon is well explored for human interaction, HCI research is only starting to uncover the fine granularity of sensory stimulation and responses in relation to certain emotions. Within this paper we present the findings from a study exploring the communication of emotions through a haptic system that uses tactile stimulation in mid-air. Here, haptic descriptions for specific emotions (e.g., happy, sad, excited, afraid) were created by one group of users to then be reviewed and validated by two other groups of users. We demonstrate the non-arbitrary mapping between emotions and haptic descriptions across three groups. This points to the huge potential for mediating emotions through mid-air haptics. We discuss specific design implications based on the spatial, directional, and haptic parameters of the created haptic descriptions and illustrate their design potential for HCI based on two design ideas.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: Touch, mid-air haptics, emotions
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
T Technology
Depositing User: Marianna Obrist
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 09:21
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2020 14:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55424

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update