Haptic directional information for spatial exploration

GHOSH, Ayan, PENDERS, Jacques and SORANZO, Alessandro (2020). Haptic directional information for spatial exploration. In: 2019 28th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN). IEEE.

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This paper investigates the efficacy of a tactile and haptic human robot interface developed and trialled to aid navigation in poor visibility and audibility conditions, which occur, for example, in search and rescue. The new developed interface generates haptic directional information that will support human navigation when other senses are not or only partially accessible. The central question of this paper was whether humans are able to interpret haptic signals as denoting different spatial directions. The effectiveness of the haptic signals was measured in a novel experimental set up. Participants were given a stick (replicating the robot interface) and asked to reproduce the specific spatial information denoted by each of the haptic signals. The task performance was examined quantitatively and results show that the haptic signals can denote distinguishable spatial directions, supporting the hypothesis that tactile and haptic information can be effectively used to aid human navigation.

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Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1109/RO-MAN46459.2019.8956428
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 02:51
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/24838

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