Distinct Pseudo-Attraction Force Sensation by a Thumb-Sized Vibrator that Oscillates Asymmetrically

  • Tomohiro AmemiyaEmail author
  • Hiroaki Gomi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8619)


This paper describes the development of a thumb-sized force display for experiencing a kinesthetic illusory sensation of being continuously pushed or pulled. We previously succeeded in creating a sensation of being pulled with a prototype based on a crank-slider mechanism, but recently we did so with a thumb-sized actuator that oscillates asymmetrically. With this tiny and light force display, the directed force sensation is perceived just as strongly as with the previous larger prototypes. We conducted a user study using the method of paired comparisons. The results show that a specific vibrator with a 7-ms pulse at 40 Hz induces the sensation most clearly and effectively.


Sensory illusion Perception Asymmetric oscillation Mobile device Vibration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NTT Communication Science LaboratoriesNTT CorporationKanagawaJapan

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