Ubitile: A Finger-Worn I/O Device for Tabletop Vibrotactile Pattern Authoring

While most mobile platforms offer motion sensing as input for creating tactile feedback, it is still hard to design such feedback patterns while the screen becomes larger, e.g. tabletop surfaces. This demonstration presents Ubitile, a finger-worn concept offering both motion sensing and vibration feedback for authoring of vibrotactile feedback on tabletops. We suggest the mid-air motion input space made accessible using Ubitile outperforms current GUI-based visual input techniques for designing tactile feedback. Additionally, Ubitile offers a hands-free input space for the tactile output. Ubitile integrates both input and output spaces within a single wearable interface, jointly affording spatial authoring/editing and active tactile feedback on- and above- tabletops.

Co-authors: Khanh-Duy Le, Tomasz Kosinski, Morten Fjeld, Maryam Aj, Shengdong Zhao