ISS Award
TastyFloats wins Audience Demo Award @ACM ISS 2017
Our TastyFloats system won the Audience Demo Award at the ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces - lead author Dr Chi Thanh Vi. TastyFloats is a novel food transportation system that uses acoustic levitation to deliver food morsels to the users’ tongue. In the associated paper we explored the technical and perceptual challenges to successfully levitate and deliver different types of foods on the tongue. Preliminary findings form a user study show that users perceive sweet and umami easily, even in minimal quantities, whereas bitter is the least detectable taste, despite its typical association with an unpleasant taste experience. The technology uses low-cost ultrasonic transducers to form a standing wave of ultrasound. The waves are manipulated in such a way that they act as ‘acoustic holograms’, creating invisible shapes that trap the object in place in mid-air. By changing these patterns, the food can be carried along on the wave and delivered to a precise location. While the current proof-of-concept device can only levitate tiny food morsels, the TastyFloats concepts vision is to deliver bigger items in the future, which can allow more complex combinations of food items (almost like a meal). The invention is likely to excite not just chefs but technology and gaming companies who are already exploring ways of integrating taste, touch and smell into our entertainment experiences. Link to our ITV apperance. Link to the Times article. Link to our Video..
British Science Festival
SCHI Lab at British Science Festival
This year in September the British Science Festival was held in Brighton, co-hosted by the University of Sussex. The SCHI (“sky”) Lab was actively involved, eager to share inspiration with three sense-engaging events.
  • The first event was Dario and Luis presenting our haptically enhanced table football, using force feedback in the sticks for a more engaging experience. We presented on Tuesday 5th in the Seven Stars Pub, giving people a chance to experience an enhanced version of the classic game (see here for the paper).
  • For the second event lead by Damien, we took part in “Brighton Museum Late: breaking the glass” organised by the Creative Technology Research Group. We presented 4 “sensory enhanced” paintings, taking advantage of our sense of touch, taste, and smell. Participants were invited to answer questionnaires to help us understand how people experience multisensory art (to advance our previous work).
  • The final event was a talk on Friday 8th. Emanuela and Dmitrijs presented insights into the sense of smell, showing how powerful it can be for a fragrant future. Following the talk two demos were presented: one using olfactory stimuli in virtual reality, the other showing the potential of smell for in car interactions. Take a look at the Voice of America coverage of the event.
For more information, please check out the British Science Festival website or feel free to contact us.
Turing Ceremony
Young Scientist 2017 @ World Economic Forum
Marianna Obrist was selected as Young Scientist 2017 to attend the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, People's Republic of China 2017. The 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions saw nearly 2,000 business leaders, policy-makers, experts and media from over 80 countries explore more than 200 sessions focused on the theme, Achieving Inclusive Growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Turing Ceremony
50th Year of the Alan Turing Award Ceremony in San Francisco
Since its inauguration in 1966, the ACM A. M. Turing Award has recognized major contributions of lasting importance in computing. Through the years, it has become the most prestigious technical award in the field, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of computing.” Marianna Obrist had the pleasure to attend this celebration as new member of the ACM Future of Computing Academy. See more information: ACM Future of Computing Academy
TVX Award
Honourable Mention Award @ TVX
Damien Ablart, PhD student in Informatics, received a Honourable Mention Award for his paper on "Integrating Mid-Air Haptics into Movie Experiences” (co-authored with Carlos Velasco and Marianna Obrist) at the International ACM TVX Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Videos (TVX 2017). See more information: TVX 2017.

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About the SCHI Lab

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.


Sussex Computer Human Interaction Lab

Creative Technology Research Group

School of Engineering and Informatics

University of Sussex Chichester, 1

BN1 9QJ Brighton, UK

Phone: +44 (0)1273 877837

Mail: m.obrist [at]

University of Sussex


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