We contributed a book chapter to the recently published Handbook of Multimodal-Multisensor Interfaces. Our chapter (link) presents an overview of haptic and non-speech audio feedback, discusses examples and benefits of multimodal feedback, and looks at application areas where multimodal feedback can improve usability.
This week saw the conclusion of our EU-funded ABBI project, a three-year collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Lund University, University of Hamburg, and the Chiossone Institute. You can read more about the ABBI project here.
The primary aim of the project was to develop and evaluate an audio bracelet to assist in the rehabilitation of young visually impaired children, to help them develop spatial understanding and movement skills. Our recent research on the project investigated how the capabilities of the ABBI audio bracelet could be used in other ways, to assist visually impaired children. This culminated in our CHI 2017 paper about audible beacons and how sound from such devices could be used to support independent play and movement. The following video gives a summary of this work.
Our new year is off to an exciting start – this month we are kicking off Levitate, a four-year EU project. We are going to be working with the University of Sussex, Chalmers University of Technology, Aarhus University and UltraHaptics, to develop a radical new display based on levitating particles.
Levitate envisions a new form of human-computer interaction where users can reach out and interact with physical objects in mid-air. Our technology aims to allow users to see, feel and hear the effects of their interactions with the levitating objects. Be sure to check back shortly for more information about this exciting new project as it develops.
Two new PhD students joined us in October 2016 – welcome Paddy and Jamie! Paddy’s research is funded by a studentship from Jaguar-Land Rover and is going to be about in-car haptic interactions. Jamie’s research is investigating the sonification of astronomical and astrophysical data.