Can we enjoy silent music?
The Hedonic Haptics player is a portable wearable device that plays back vibrotactile compositions. It consists of three domes each of which houses a vibration motor providing vibrotactile sensations to the wearer, and which are connected to a control unit the size of a small Walkman.
The Hedonic Haptics player can store different compositions and effects made up of haptic signals varying in amplitude, waveform and length. At the moment we have composed an ambient, rhythmic, and ‘heavy haptic metal’ composition, and designed effects such as hard and soft circles, unison swells, unison crescendo, a heartbeat, and a drum pattern.
We use these different compositions and effects to explore the hedonic potential of vibrational haptics in an embodied wearable setup. As such we seek to expand the design space for haptic expressions in interaction design.
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