Haptic Rules

Haptic Rules

Haptic sensations are a crucial aspect of everyday interaction. We touch, lift, move, and probe objects in our everyday activities. However, whilst the importance of haptic feedback has often been emphasized in gaming, haptics has been rarely used to enhance the experience in traditional (non-digital) games. In the last 50 years, technological advancement has allowed an easier access to haptic feedback. Digital games have exploited such access mainly (1) to enhance visual and acoustic feedback, and (2) to reproduce realistic feedbacks in augmented and virtual environments. In this project, we re-think haptic feedback by focusing on game augmentation to enrich the gaming experience and gameplay in non-technological games. We defined the concept of “haptic rules” as haptic-based enhancement in interference play, where haptic feedback is delivered by users to users within the game as a further mode of interaction. We applied and showcased the idea of haptic rules to the game of foosball, evaluating the effect on the gameplay and user experience. Results from our case study showed that the haptic rules enhanced the users' experience with the game, also making people feel more connected with teammates and opponents.

Check out the video of the project from our paper on Augmenting the gaming experience in traditional games.




24 April 2017



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The SCHI Lab research lies in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), an area in which research on multisensory experiences makes a difference on how we design and interact with technology in the future. The interdisciplinary team explores tactile, gustatory, and olfactory experiences as novel interaction modalities.



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