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Haptically Enabled Handheld Information Display With Distributed Tactile Transducer

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6 Author(s)
Pasquero, J. ; Haptics Lab., McGill Univ., Montreal, Que. ; Luk, J. ; Levesque, V. ; Qi Wang
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This paper describes the design, construction, and initial evaluation of a handheld information device that supports combined tactile and graphical interaction. The design comprises a liquid crystal graphic display co-located with a miniature, low-power, distributed tactile transducer. This transducer can create electronically-controlled lateral skin deformation patterns which give the sensation of sliding over small shapes. It is integrated within a slider mechanism to control scrolling. It also functions as a detent when pushing on it. Tactile feedback and the combination of visual and tactile feedback in a mobile context enable the development of new functions, such as multimodal navigation within large graphic spaces

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Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 4 )