Effects of Interfering Cue Separation Distance and Amplitude on the Haptic Detection of Skin Stretch

TitleEffects of Interfering Cue Separation Distance and Amplitude on the Haptic Detection of Skin Stretch
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsLow, AKin Wei, Zook, Z, Fleck, J, O'Malley, MK
JournalIEEE Transactions on Haptics
Date PublishedApril-June 2021

Multi-sensory haptic cues, which contain several types of tactile stimuli that are presented concurrently to the user, have been shown to be useful for conveying information-rich cues. One limitation of multi-sensory cues is that user perception of individual cue components can be hindered by more salient components of the composite cue. In this paper, we investigate how amplitude and distance between cues affect the perception of multi-sensory haptic cues. Specifically, participants' absolute threshold perception of stretch cues was measured in the presence of interfering squeeze cues using a modular testbed. We evaluated ten conditions of varying interference amplitude and distance between cues. We found that interference cue amplitude and distance between cues both have a statistically significant effect on the absolute perception of stretch cues. As interference cue amplitude increases, and as distance between cues decreases, absolute perception of stretch cues worsens. These results inform design considerations for future wearable multi-sensory haptic devices, so that cue salience can be maximized and interference effects minimized.

Short TitleIEEE Trans. Haptics
Citation Key1994

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