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HEDONIC HAPTICS PLAYER - A WALKMAN FOR YOUR SKIN

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The Hedonic Haptics player is a portable wearable device that plays back vibrotactile compositions. It consists of three domes each of which houses a vibration motor providing vibrotactile sensations to the wearer. The domes are connected to a control unit the size of a small Walkman. The Hedonic Haptics player can store up to ten different compositions made up of haptic signals varying in amplitude, waveform and length. We use these different compositions to explore the aesthetic potential of vibrational haptics in an embodied wearable setup.

By Anna Vallgårda, Laurens Boer and Ben Cahilc
IxD Lab, IT University Copenhagen