Choosing From a Large Library Using Facets

  • Hasti SeifiEmail author
Part of the Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems book series (SSTHS)


Choosing from example sets is a common mechanism for end-user personalization in many domains (e.g., colors, ringtones), but haptic collections are notoriously difficult to explore. This chapter addresses the provision of easy and efficient access to large, diverse sets of vibrotactile stimuli, on the premise that multiple access pathways facilitate discovery and engagement. We propose and examine five disparate organization schemes (facets), describe how we created a 120-item library with diverse functional and affective characteristics, and present VibViz, an interactive tool for end-user library navigation and our own investigation of how different facets can assist navigation. An exploratory user study with and of VibViz suggests that most users gravitate towards an organization based on sensory and emotional terms, but also exposes rich variations in their navigation patterns and insights into the basis of effective haptic library navigation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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