FingerFlux: Near-surface Haptic Feedback on Tabletops

Year
2011
Type(s)
,
Author(s)
Malte Weiss, Chat Wacharamanotham, Simon Voelker, and Jan Borchers
Source
In Proceedings of UIST '11, ACM, 615 – 620
BibTeX
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We introduce FingerFlux, an output technique to generate near-surface haptic feedback on interactive tabletops. Our system combines electromagnetic actuation with permanent magnets attached to the user’s hand. FingerFlux lets users feel the interface before touching, and can create both attracting and repelling forces. This enables applications such as reducing drifting, adding physical constraints to virtual controls, and guiding the user without visual output. We show that users can feel vibration patterns up to 35 mm above our table, and that FingerFlux can significantly reduce drifting when operating on-screen buttons without looking.