Hapticat: exploration of affective touch

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Hapticat: exploration of affective touch
This paper describes the Hapticat , a device we developed to study affect through touch. Though intentionally not highly zoomorphic, the device borrows behaviors from pets and the rich manner in which they haptically communicate with humans. The Hapticat has four degrees of freedom to express itself: a pair of ear-like appendages, a breathing mechanism, a purring mechanism, and a warming element. Combinations of levels for these controls are used to define the five active haptic responses: playing dead , asleep, content , happy, and upset . In the paper we present the design considerations and implementation details of the device. We also detail a preliminary observational study where participants interacted with the Hapticat through touch. To compare the effects of haptic feedback, the device presented either active haptic renderings or none at all. Participants reported which of the five responses they believed the Hapticat rendered, as well as their degree of affect to the de...
Steve Yohanan, Mavis Chan, Jeremy Hopkins, Haibo S
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where ICMI
Authors Steve Yohanan, Mavis Chan, Jeremy Hopkins, Haibo Sun, Karon E. MacLean
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