• A Demonstration of Haptic Retargeting: Dynamic Repurposing of Passive Haptics for Enhanced Virtual Reality Experiences

    M. Azmandian, M. Hancock, H. Benko, E. Ofek, and A. D. Wilson, “A Demonstration of Haptic Retargeting: Dynamic Repurposing of Passive Haptics for Enhanced Virtual Reality Experiences,” in Proceedings of the 2016 ACM on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces, New York, NY, USA, 2016, pp. 501-504.

    @inproceedings{Azmandian:2016:DHR:2992154.2996883, author = {Azmandian, Mahdi and Hancock, Mark and Benko, Hrvoje and Ofek, Eyal and Wilson, Andrew D.}, title = {A Demonstration of Haptic Retargeting: Dynamic Repurposing of Passive Haptics for Enhanced Virtual Reality Experiences}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2016 ACM on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces}, series = {ISS '16}, year = {2016}, isbn = {978-1-4503-4248-3}, location = {Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada}, pages = {501--504}, numpages = {4}, doi = {10.1145/2992154.2996883}, acmid = {2996883}, publisher = {ACM}, address = {New York, NY, USA}, keywords = {haptics, perception, virtual reality}, abstract = {Manipulating a virtual object with appropriate passive haptic cues provides a satisfying sense of presence in virtual reality. However, scaling such experiences to support multiple virtual objects is a challenge as each one needs to be accompanied with a precisely-located haptic proxy object. We showcase a solution that overcomes this limitation by hacking human perception. Our framework for repurposing passive haptics, called haptic retargeting, leverages the dominance of vision when our senses conflict. With haptic retargeting, a single physical prop can provide passive haptics for multiple virtual objects. We introduce three approaches for dynamically aligning physical and virtual objects: body manipulation, world manipulation and a hybrid technique which combines both world and body manipulation. This demo has been presented previously at CHI 2016.}}


    Abstract

    Manipulating a virtual object with appropriate passive haptic cues provides a satisfying sense of presence in virtual reality. However, scaling such experiences to support multiple virtual objects is a challenge as each one needs to be accompanied with a precisely-located haptic proxy object. We showcase a solution that overcomes this limitation by hacking human perception. Our framework for repurposing passive haptics, called haptic retargeting, leverages the dominance of vision when our senses conflict. With haptic retargeting, a single physical prop can provide passive haptics for multiple virtual objects. We introduce three approaches for dynamically aligning physical and virtual objects: body manipulation, world manipulation and a hybrid technique which combines both world and body manipulation. This demo has been presented previously at CHI 2016.

    Keywords

    haptics, perception, virtual reality