ElectricItch: Skin Irritation as a Feedback Modality

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  • ItchFeedback

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Grabbing users’ attention is a fundamental aspect of interactive systems. However, there is a disconnect between the ways our devices notify us and how our bodies do so naturally. In this paper, we explore the body’s modality of itching as a way to provide such natural feedback. We create itching sensations via low-current electric stimulation, which allows us to quickly generate this sensation on demand. In a first study we explore the design space around itching and how changes in stimulation parameters influence the resulting sensation. In a second study we compare vibration feedback and itching integrated in a smartwatch form factor. We find that we can consistently induce itching sensations and that these are perceived as more activating and interrupting than vibrotactile stimuli.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2018
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359481
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 14 Oct 201814 Oct 2018


Seminar31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

    Research areas

  • Haptics, Itch feedback, On-body interfaces, Skin, Wearables

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