The Impact of Tactile Sensations on Virtual Reality Impairment

  • Mortaja AlQassab
  • Adam GomesEmail author
  • Maria Karam
  • David Wang
  • Zhechen Du
  • Orion Bruckman
  • Richard Bustos
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9738)


In this paper, an initial pilot study is conducted in order to ascertain the impact of adding tactile sensations to audio-visual (AV) environments. It is well known that adding more realism to virtual reality environments can cause a decrease in performance or even impairment. In this pilot study, participants experience a virtual roller coaster with a fully immersive AV simulator. The impact of adding tactile sensations through the addition of tactile actuation is studied. Although the subjects perceived no difference in presence or motion sickness, quantitative measurements of anterior body sway seem to indicate that there is less impairment with the tactile haptic sensations. Additional subjects will be added to ascertain the statistical significance of this finding in the future.


Virtual reality Impairment Tactile sensation Haptics 



This research was greatly aided by the assitance of Mr. Shi Yao Liu and Mr. Nikesh Mandhan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mortaja AlQassab
    • 1
  • Adam Gomes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Karam
    • 2
  • David Wang
    • 1
  • Zhechen Du
    • 1
  • Orion Bruckman
    • 1
  • Richard Bustos
    • 1
  1. 1.Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Tactile Audio Displays Inc.TorontoCanada

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