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GelTouch: Localized Tactile Feedback Through Thin, Transparent Programmable Gel
Zitatschlüssel miru15
Autor Miruchna, V. and Walter, R. and Lindlbauer, D. and Lehmann, M. and von Klitzing, R. and Müller, J.
Seiten 3-10
Jahr 2015
ISBN 978-1-4503-3779-3
DOI 10.1145/2807442.2807487
Journal User Interface Software and Technology Symposium 2015
Zusammenfassung We present GelTouch, a gel-based layer that can selectively transition between soft and stiff to provide tactile multi-touch feedback. It is flexible, transparent when not activated, and contains no mechanical, electromagnetic, or hydraulic components, resulting in a compact form factor (a 2mm thin touchscreen layer for our prototype). The activated areas can be morphed freely and continuously, without being limited to fixed, predefined shapes. GelTouch consists of a poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) gel layer which alters its viscoelasticity when activated by applying heat (>32 C). We present three different activation techniques: 1) Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) as a heating element that enables tactile feedback through individually addressable taxels; 2) predefined tactile areas of engraved ITO, that can be layered and combined; 3) complex arrangements of resistance wire that create thin tactile edges. We present a tablet with 6x4 tactile areas, enabling a tactile numpad, slider, and thumbstick. We show that the gel is up to 25 times stiffer when activated and that users detect tactile features reliably (94.8%).
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