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Robot, Pass Me the Tool. Handle Visibility Facilitates Task-oriented Handovers

A human handing over an object modulates their grasp and movements to accommodate their partner’s capabilities, which greatly increases the likelihood of a successful transfer. State-of-the-art robot behavior lacks this level of user understanding, …

Perceived intensities of normal and shear skin stimuli using a wearable haptic bracelet

Our aim is to provide effective interaction with virtual objects, despite the lack of co-location of virtual and real-world contacts, while taking advantage of relatively large skin area and ease of mounting on the forearm. We performed two human …

Tactile Echoes: Multisensory Augmented Reality for the Hand

Touch interactions are central to many human activities, but there are few technologies for computationally augmenting free-hand interactions with real environments. Here, we describe Tactile Echoes, a finger-wearable system for augmenting touch …

Contact forces in roughness discrimination

Roughness perception through fingertip contact with a textured surface can involve spatial and temporal cues from skin indentation and vibration respectively. Both types of cue may be affected by contact forces when feeling a surface and we ask …

Causality shifts the perceived temporal order of audiovisual events.

Causality poses explicit constraints to the timing of sensory signals produced by events, as sound travels slower than light, making auditory stimulation to lag visual stimulation. Previous studies show that implied causality between unrelated events …

Static weight perception through skin stretch and kinesthetic information: detection thresholds, JNDs, and PSEs

We examined the contributions of kinesthetic and skin stretch cues to static weight perception. In three psychophysical experiments, several aspects of static weight perception were assessed by asking participants either to detect on which hand a …

Modality-specific temporal constraints for state-dependent interval timing

The ability to discriminate temporal intervals in the milliseconds-to-seconds range has been accounted for by proposing that duration is encoded in the dynamic change of a neuronal network state. A critical limitation of such networks is that their …

Peri-personal space as a prior in coupling visual and proprioceptive signals

It has been suggested that the integration of multiple body-related sources of information within the peri-personal space (PPS) scaffolds body ownership. However, a normative computational framework detailing the functional role of PPS is still …

An Experimental Setup to Test Dual-Joystick Directional Responses to Vibrotactile Stimuli

In this paper we investigate the influence of the location of vibrotactile stimulation in triggering the response made using two handheld joysticks. In particular, we compare performance with stimuli delivered either using tactors placed on the palm …

Musical Scales in Tone Sequences Improve Temporal Accuracy

Predicting the time of stimulus onset is a key component in perception. Previous investigations of perceived timing have focused on the effect of stimulus properties such as rhythm and temporal irregularity, but the influence of non-temporal …