Designing Skin-Dragging Haptic Motions for Wearables (2017)

Skin-dragging is an emerging type of haptic feedback that coveys both precise spatial and temporal tactile cues through the motion of a small pin dragged across the skin. While past research focused on building skin-dragging wearable devices with different form-factors, and testing their feasibility, it is still unclear what the user’s perception of such haptic stimuli is, and how designers should generate dragging motion-patterns for informative feedback to be presented on a finger. In this work, we attempt to answer these questions. We therefore asked designers to create dragging motions using changes of speed, direction and length. We then tested the generated skin-dragging motions with a haptic smart-ring, classified them and extracted guidelines that can be used to convey rich and informative feedback on the fingers.


Seungwoo Je, Okyu Choi, Kyungah Choi, Minkyeong Lee, Hyeon-Jeong Suk, Liwei Chan, and Andrea Bianchi. 2017. Designing skin-dragging haptic motions for wearables. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC ‘17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 98-101. DOI:

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