We present Haptic-go-round, a surrounding platform that allows deploying props and devices to provide haptic feedbacks in any direction in virtual reality experiences. The key component of Haptic-go-round is a motorized turntable that rotates the correct haptic device to the right direction at the right time to match what users are about to touch. We implemented a working platform including plug-and-play prop cartridges and a software interface that allow experience designers to agilely add their haptic components and use the platform for their applications. We conducted technical experiments and two user studies on Haptic-go-round to evaluate its performance. We report the results and discuss our insights and limitations.

Haptic-go-round is a platform that allows a user to feel haptic feedback when interacting with objects in virtual reality in any direction.

Haptic-go-round: A Surrounding Platform for Encounter-type Haptics in Virtual Reality Experiences

Hsin-Yu Huang, Chih-Wei Ning, Po-Yao Wang, Jen-Hao Cheng, and Lung-Pan Cheng. 2020. Haptic-go-round: A Surrounding Platform for Encounter-type Haptics in Virtual Reality Experiences. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–10.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376476