Enhancing Low-cost Haptic Devices by means of Vibrating Actuators

Participants: Marcello Giordano
Stephen Sinclair
Marcelo M. Wanderley (supervisor)

Tactile-augmented Haptic Device.
Funding: NSERC Discovery Grant (M. Wanderley)

Project Type: Doctoral thesis.

Time Period: 2012. Status: ongoing.

Project Description

Force-feedback devices can provide haptic feedback during interaction with physical models for sound synthesis. However, low-end devices may not always provide high-fidelity display of the acoustic characteristics of the model. For this project we designed an enhanced handle for the Phantom Omni Force-Feedback Device containing a vibration actuator intended to display the high-frequency portion of the synthesized forces. We performed measurements to show that this approach achieves a more faithful representation of the acoustic signal in the case of a bowing interaction, overcoming limitations in the device control and dynamics.

The tactile augmented handle for the Phantom Omni


  • “Bowing a vibration-enhanced force-feedback device” - Marcello Giordano, Stephen Sinclair and Marcelo M. Wanderley, Proceedings of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference, 2012.