VisualTouch: Enhancing Affective Touch Communication with Multi-modality Stimulation

Abstract : As one of the most important non-verbal communication channel, touch plays an essential role in interpersonal af-fective communication. Although some researchers have started exploring the possibility of using wearable devices for conveying emotional information, most of the existing devices still lack the capability to support affective and dynamic touch in interaction. In this paper, we explore the effect of dynamic visual cues on the emotional perception of vibrotactile signals. For this purpose, we developed Visu-alTouch, a haptic sleeve consisting of a haptic layer and a visual layer. We hypothesized that visual cues would enhance the interpretation of tactile cues when both types of cues are congruent. We first carried out an experiment and selected 4 stimuli producing substantially different responses. Based on that, a second experiment was conducted with 12 participants rating the valence and arousal of 36 stimuli using SAM scales.
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Zhuoming Zhang, Robin Heron, Eric Lecolinet, Françoise Détienne, Stéphane Safin. VisualTouch: Enhancing Affective Touch Communication with Multi-modality Stimulation. ICMI 2019 - ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, Oct 2019, Suzhou, China. ⟨10.1145/3340555.3353733⟩. ⟨hal-02303458⟩

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