StickyTouch: A Tactile Display with Changeable Adhesive Distribution

Yoshitaka Ishihara, Yuichi Itoh, Ryo Shirai, Kazuyuki Fujita, Kazuki Takashima, Takao Onoye

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We propose StickyTouch, a novel tactile display that represents a surface's adhesive information. This adhesive surface enables users to intuitively manipulate information and new interactions, such as attaching and removing fingers, are also possible. Adhesion control is achieved with a temperature sensitive adhesive sheet whose temperature is locally controlled by Peltier devices arranged in a grid. In this paper, we describe the characteristics of the temperature sensitive sheet and display system, and discuss the implementation of a proof-of-concept prototype with 64 Peltier devices with an adhesive size of 150 × 150 mm. We conduct several experiments on adhesion perception when touching and swiping on the display surface to evaluate the performance of StickyTouch. Finally, we discuss the applications for touch and swipe and our future prospects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS 2020
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728102344
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar
Event26th IEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS 2020 - Crystal City, United States
Duration: 2020 Mar 282020 Mar 31

Publication series

NameIEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS
ISSN (Print)2324-7347
ISSN (Electronic)2324-7355


Conference26th IEEE Haptics Symposium, HAPTICS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCrystal City


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