Tangible drops: a visio-tactile display using actuated liquid-metal droplets

Sahoo, Deepak Ranjan, Neate, Timothy, Tokuda, Yutaka, Pearson, Jennifer, Robinson, Simon, Subramanian, Sriram and Jones, Matt (2018) Tangible drops: a visio-tactile display using actuated liquid-metal droplets. ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2018, Montréal, Canada, April 21-26. Published in: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings. ACM, Montreal, Canada.

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We present Tangible Drops, a visio-tactile display that for the first time provides physical visualization and tactile feedback using a planar liquid interface. It presents digital information interactively by tracing dynamic patterns on horizontal flat surfaces using liquid metal drops on a programmable electrode array. It provides tactile feedback with directional information in the 2D vector plane using linear locomotion and/or vibration of the liquid metal drops. We demonstrate move, oscillate, merge, split and dispense-from-reservoir functions of the liquid metal drops by consuming low power (450mW per electrode) and low voltage (8–15 V). We report on results of our empirical study with 12 participants on tactile feedback using 8mm diameter drops, which indicate that Tangible Drops can convey tactile sensations such as changing speed, varying direction and controlled oscillation with no visual feedback. We present the design space and demonstrate the applications of Tangible Drops, and conclude by suggesting potential future applications for the technique.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Computer Graphics
Subjects: T Technology
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Depositing User: Sriram Subramanian
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 08:07
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 10:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75129

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