The Hapti-Harness: Towards an Understanding of a Tactile Feedback System for use in Multitudinous Environments
Matthew Jarvis and Antonis Lyras
How is the experience to feel data? What is it to evoke an extra layer of awareness using a type of tactile reflex? Could a state of continuous partial attention be especially useful for certain information? These are some questions which have led us to research the introduction of a haptic feedback garment as an appropriate medium for artistic expression and creative application. In order to experience, describe and study the appropriate form and the potential of such a medium, we built a device we named the Hapti-Harness; a wireless, multi-modal vibration based haptic feedback system for use on the torso. This enables exploration using multiple types of information. Once we built the hardware, we developed a communication framework and number of applications to control the effects of the device and read information from it. These applications are categorised into themes, proposing alternate directions for experimentation of vibration based sensory modalities as a medium. We asked people to use it and we recorded their experiences. The impact that the Hapti-Harness had into our participants reveals a great potential for further study of the proposed medium outside the already established fields that have been researched so far.
Matthew Jarvis and Antonis Lyras, "The Hapti-Harness: Towards an Understanding of a Tactile Feedback System for use in Multitudinous Environments", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2010