Project Site: Enhancing Mobile Device Users' Levels of Situational Awareness through Tactile Feedback
Aims and Objectives
The aim of the project is to investigate ways to design tactile feedback to increase levels of situational awareness among mobile device users engaged within a task where the eyes are occupied. The project specifically aims to focus on manipulating parameters of touch (e.g. frequency, waveform, spatial location) to form unique distinctive meaningful cues (termed 'tactons'), presented via a head-mounted interface. The tactons are designed to communicate the presence of obstacles or activity within the user's vicinity. Using the feedback provided by the situational awareness solution, it is hypothesized that the user can more effectively decide whether to respond to the threat by moving away from the obstacle, or by diverting attention from the mobile interface, to visually-assess the environment to make an informed decision on how to proceed.
The project is supported by the National Science Foundation - Award No. 1352924.
Researcher using headset prototype
C2 tactors integrated with headset (www.eaiinfo.com)
Software to control vibrations to sites at the head
Saulynas, S., Burgee, L., Bendigeri, A. & Kuber, R. 2022: Putting Situational Impairments in Context: Developing Guidance for Situational Impairments and Severely Constraining Situational Impairments by Examining Parallel Domains. Universal Access in the Information Society, 21, 941–966. DOI: 10.1007/s10209-021-00811-5.
Saulynas, S. & Kuber, R. 2020: Understanding and Supporting Individuals Experiencing Severely Constraining Situational Impairments. Universal Access in the Information Society. 19(4), 919-933. DOI: 10.1007/s10209-019-00705-7.
Wolf, F. & Kuber, R. 2018: Developing a Head-Mounted Tactile Prototype to Support Situational Awareness. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2017.08.002.
Saulynas, S., Lechner, C. & Kuber, R. 2018: Towards the Use of Brain-Computer Interface Technologies as a Potential Alternative to PIN Authentication. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 34 (5), 433-444. DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2017.1357905.
- Saulynas, S.A. & Kuber, R. 2015: Going Beyond "Beyond Being There": An Inquiry into the Use of Brain-Computer Interface Technologies and Intelligent Machine Agents to Facilitate Inconspicuous Communication. In proceedings of Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS'15), Atlanta, USA, 454-459.
- Wolf, F. & Kuber, R. 2014: Developing Tactile Feedback for Wearable Presentation: Observations from using a Participatory Approach. In Extended Abstracts of Mobile HCI'14, Toronto, Canada, 543-548.
Wolf, F., Feldman, P. & Kuber, R 2014:
Towards Supporting Situational Awareness using Tactile Feedback. In proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on 3DUI, Minneapolis, USA, 131-132.
For Further Details:
Dr. Ravi Kuber
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Phone: (410) 455-3268
Email: rkuber AT umbc DOT edu