AirDisplay: Experimenting with Air Flow as a Communication Medium

  • Omar Mowafi
  • Mohamed Khamis
  • Wael Abouelsaadat
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9296)


This paper presents a psychophysical experiment using a multi-fan device to communicate information to the user via air intensity and direction. We describe the implementation of a prototype, the AirDisplay. We identify the most effective configuration at which users can discern different air patterns by manipulating the fans’ speed, the distance between the fans, and the different air patterns. Experiment results support the use of air to communicate information.


Non-contact haptic feedback Air streams Multi-fan device 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Omar Mowafi
    • 1
  • Mohamed Khamis
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wael Abouelsaadat
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science and Engineering DepartmentGerman University in Cairo (GUC)CairoEgypt
  2. 2.Media Informatics GroupUniversity of Munich (LMU)MunichGermany

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