In this study,we present a haptic input/output system “Sense-Roid” that realises self-hugging. Through this system, we propose a novel communication design of haptic self-communication. Sense-Roid consists of a mannequin-shaped sensing device and a wearable, air-driven haptic-feedback that uses artificial muscles and vibrator units. We have designed artificial hugging, focusing on two elements of hugging: the compression of one’s shoulders and torso and the stroking of one’s back. The mannequin-shaped sensing device can detects one’s hugging/stroking position and force by FSR sensors. Haptic feedback wear gives the hugging sensation by compressing artificial muscles and vibrator units around the back and shoulders. Since Sense-Roid feeds one’s own hugging input from the mannequin into the wear, it gives the experience as if one is hugging oneself.

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  • 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】
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