Design and Evaluation of an Authoring Tool and Notation System for Vibrotactile Composition

  • Somang NamEmail author
  • Deborah Fels
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9738)


Vibrotactile stimulation can be used as a substitute for audio or visual stimulation for people who are deaf or blind. This can enable some media content to be made more accessible to audiences with disabilities because the vibrotactile sense can be engaged. Artists have become interested in creating vibrotactile art as a new and exciting art form. In order to do this, new tools and a notation must be developed and evaluated that support the creation and experience of vibration on the skin. The Beadbox tool, along with a supporting notation system, was developed for the purpose of composing vibrotactile art. The main findings in the evaluation suggest that the Beadbox has a good usability with a low learning barrier, has direct functionality, and aesthetically pleasing.


Vibrotactile Human-computer interaction User interface 



Funding was graciously provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. We gratefully acknowledge all of the participants in the study. In addition we thank The Vibrafusion Lab and David Bobier, and Maria Karam of TAD Inc for their valuable advice and assistance in this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ryerson UniversityTorontoCanada

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