What type of emotions could be obtained if you were able to hug yourself?

When we hug someone, we feel a sense of ease coming from emotions such as belief, security and love. However, it is not possible to hug oneself, who is the closest person.

To experience this situation, we proposed a tactile device called the Sense-Roid. The system is composed of a lay figure with tactile sensors to detect the user’s caressing motion, and a tactile jacket with vibrators and artificial muscles to reflect the caressing motion to the user. As a result, users caress themselves through our SenseRoid.

We believe that this self-caressing experience will enlighten people about the value of caressing.

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Related Publication (Selected)

  • N. Takahashi, R. Okazaki, H. Okabe, H. Yoshikawa, K. Aou, S. Yamakawa, M. Yokoyama, H. Kajimoto, Sense-Roid: Emotional Haptic Communication with Yourself, Proceedings of Virtual Reality International Conference 2011 (VRIC2011), France.(2011/4/4-10).【Laval Virtual Award 2011 “Category: Architecture, Art & Culture”】

Exhibitions and Talks

  • SIGGRAPH2011 Birds of a Feather | ” Sense-Roid: Emotional Haptic Communication with Yourself,” 2011.8
  • DCEXPO2010(ConTEX) | ”Sense-Roid”, 2010.10
  • International collegiate Virtual Reality Contest 2010 | “Sense-Roid”, 2010.8 【GRAND PRIX】
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