Actuated Shear: Enabling Haptic Feedback on Rich Touch Interfaces

  • Bernhard MaurerEmail author
  • Roland Buchner
  • Martin Murer
  • Manfred Tscheligi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9299)


We present an approach of a shear force based touch interface that provides a way of actively changing the possible shear-based input (force tangential to a screens surface) by physically locking the corresponding axis of the device. This approach of actuated shear aims at using shear not only as input, but to create a new form of output modality that changes the input affordance of the device itself. It enables a new channel of incorporating physical information and constraints into touch-based interaction (i.e., by changing the input affordance of the device and using shear as a feedback mechanism). With this actuated shear approach, we create a coupling between the digital context created via touch and the actual physical input affordance of the device. Based on the implementation of a prototype, we discuss the design space of actively changing the input affordance of a shear-based touch device, sketch interaction ideas as well as future application scenarios and domains.


Rich touch Shear force Actuated displays Haptic feedback 



The financial support by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development is gratefully acknowledged (Christian Doppler Laboratory for Contextual Interfaces).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard Maurer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Roland Buchner
    • 1
  • Martin Murer
    • 1
  • Manfred Tscheligi
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Human-Computer Interaction, Christian Doppler Laboratory “Contextual Interfaces”University of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

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