Enriching Touch in Mixed Reality using Personal Fabrication

Donald Degraen, Marco Speicher, André Zenner, Florian Daiber, Antonio Krüger

In: Proceedings of the ACM CHI Workshop on Reshaping Touch Communication: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda. Workshop on Reshaping Touch Communication: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda April 21-26 Montreal Canada Reshaping Touch Communication 2018.


On a daily basis, we physically interact with a large amount of objects in our environment while receiving valuable information about their properties. One essential channel communicated through touch is the textural information an item conveys. In mixed reality environments, experiencing textures is greatly improved through multisensory perception. State-of-the-art approaches in passive haptics use a large set of physical materials to represent different virtual materials. Nowadays, fabrication techniques such as 3D printing, allow the user to create objects with customized surface structures. The resolution of these printers is already high enough to produce rich and fine-grained tactile structures. By employing personal fabrication techniques, we investigate enhancing texture perception in mixed reality environments. Our approach aims to enable a more customizable design of passive haptic texture experiences.

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Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
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