Midair haptics enabled by non-contact ultrasound haptic stimulation provides new tools of computer interfaces. A key issue of midair haptics is to find the best mix of haptic feedback and visual/auditory one each of which complements the others. Visual feedback to a user is effective for transmitting spatial patterns and sounds from a user can concisely specify the intentions. In this talk, I will show recent examples of midair haptics with visual feedback and discuss future possible combination with other modalities.
Hiroyuki Shinoda is a professor in Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He received the Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1995. His group found the principle of selective stimulation to skin mechanoreceptors for producing various tactile feeling in 1998 and developed the world first noncontact ultrasound tactile display to create tactile sensation on bare skins in the air. His current interest is in the devices and systems for human activity support through the sense of touch.