“Po2: Augmented Haptics for Interactive Gameplay” by Israr, Zhao, McIntosh, Kang, Schwemler, et al. …

  • ©Ali Israr, Siyan Zhao, Kyna McIntosh, JaeKyun Kang, Zachary Schwemler, Eric Brockmeyer, Mark Baskinger, and Moshe Mahler

  • ©Ali Israr, Siyan Zhao, Kyna McIntosh, JaeKyun Kang, Zachary Schwemler, Eric Brockmeyer, Mark Baskinger, and Moshe Mahler

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    Po2: Augmented Haptics for Interactive Gameplay

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    User gestures are important in current gaming platforms, where users’ movements are tracked and their actions trigger events in the games. We introduce Power of 2 (Po2), a new haptic technology that augments illusive tactile sensations on gesture-based gameplays. Po2 utilizes two vibrating actuators on two hands and renders illusory tactile motion on and across the hands. With carefully designed psychophysical studies, we determined parametric models to robustly control the perception of an illusory object and its motion on and in between two hands. These models are embedded in computer algorithms and programmed to produce cohesive multisensory experiences. Synchronized with a wide range of user gestures and interactive media, such as sound and visuals, Po2 creates highly dynamic and animated gameplay experiences with wearable and mobile handheld devices.

    We explore the use of Po2 in two configurations: i) a user holding a device with two hands to feel motion across the hands through the device, and ii) a user wearing gloves to feel mid-air objects and interactions. Both configurations are common in current gameplay and allow creation of variety of animated haptic experience in games, stories and other interactive media (see Figure 1).

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    ISRAR, A., AND POUPYREV, I. 2011. Tactile brush: drawing on skin with a tactile grid display. In Proc. SIGCHI ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, 2019-2028.

    ZHAO, S., ISRAR, A., AND KLATZKY, R. 2015. Intermanual Apparent Tactile Motion on handheld tablets. In Proc. IEEE World Haptics Conference, IEEE.


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©Ali Israr, Siyan Zhao, Kyna McIntosh, JaeKyun Kang, Zachary Schwemler, Eric Brockmeyer, Mark Baskinger, and Moshe Mahler

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