A robotic haptic feedback device for immersive virtual reality applications

Keren Jiang, Xinlei Piao, Mohammed Al-Sada, Thomas Höglund, Shubhankar Ranade, Tatsuo Nakajima*

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


    The use of virtual reality technology has become popular in modern theme parks across the world. Attractions using virtual reality technologies offer highly immersive experiences as if people are really staying in fictional worlds that the theme parks like to create. Haptic feedback is an important piece in virtual reality, where it can increase the immersion and enjoyment, but most virtual reality attractions in theme parks do not offer enough haptic feedback. In this paper, we present HapticDaijya, which is a waist-worn robot capable of giving various haptic and tactile feedback on the torso, neck, face, arms and hands. We present the design and implementation of HapticDaijya. Then, we show a user study and analyze the results for investigating its feasibility. Also, we present preliminary evaluation results that gauged the user’s accuracy in distinguishing the locations of taps applied on the chest, as well as general usability and user acceptance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAmbient Intelligence – Software and Applications, 9th International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence
    EditorsPaulo Novais, Dalila Durães, Jason J. Jung, Antonio Fernández-Caballero, Elena Navarro, Pascual González, Davide Carneiro, Gabriel Villarrubia González, António Pinto, Andrew T. Campbell
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9783030017453
    Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1
    Event9th International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence, ISAmI 2018 - Toledo, Spain
    Duration: 2018 Jun 202018 Jun 22

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357


    Other9th International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence, ISAmI 2018


    • Haptic feedback
    • Tactile feedback
    • Wearable robot

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Computer Science(all)


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