Jetto: Using Lateral Force Feedback for Smartwatch Interactions

Jun Gong, Da-Yuan Huang, Teddy Seyed, Te Lin, Tao Hou, Xin Liu, Molin Yang, Boyu Yang, Yuhan Zhang, Xing-Dong Yang
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2018
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Motivation

Smartwatches are beginning to shift from devices that provide quick and convenient access to information, to devices that also consume entertainment (e.g. videos and games) for brief periods of time, particularly in situations when users are on-the-go (e.g. using public transportation). While efforts have begun to accommodate these changes, the user experience is still quite limited due to the small-form factor and accordingly, the limited interaction space common to smartwatches today. Visual and auditory output on smartwatches have improved substantially, but opportunities for smartwatch-enabled haptics in the context of video and gaming applications, similar to those found in console gaming experiences, are yet to be fully explored and realized.

Teaser

Mechanical Design

The entire mechanical system is composed of 12 components, including gears, connectors, rotary arm, motor holders, decoder holders, and inlet. The following figure demonstrates a teardown of the system structure.

Prototype

Selected Press Coverage

EurekAlert: Dartmouth College brings smartwatch innovations to CHI2018

Smartwatch Haptics
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