Visualization of Tactile Material Relationships Using Sound Symbolic Words

  • Junji Watanabe
  • Tomohiko Hayakawa
  • Shigeru Matsui
  • Arisa Kano
  • Yuichiro Shimizu
  • Maki Sakamoto
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7283)

Abstract

Although humans can richly perceive variations of tactile textures, the relationships among tactile sensation categories are not clearly generalized. Here we propose a novel method for classifying sensations for tactile textures using onomatopoeic words (sound symbolic words) in Japanese. The method generates a distribution diagram of onomatopoeic words based on subjective impressions of the words, and enables users to arrange and compare the tactile textures on the diagram in two-dimensionally visualized form. We describe two experiments performed to generate the distribution diagram and examine the validity of the diagram.

Keywords

Tactile sensation category Onomatopoeia Sound symbolic words Visualization Emotional states Personal preferences 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Junji Watanabe
    • 1
  • Tomohiko Hayakawa
    • 2
  • Shigeru Matsui
    • 3
  • Arisa Kano
    • 4
  • Yuichiro Shimizu
    • 4
  • Maki Sakamoto
    • 4
  1. 1.NTT Communication Science LaboratoriesNippon Telegraph and Telephone CorporationAtsugiJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Information Science and TechnologyThe University of TokyoBunkyoJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of Film and New MediaTokyo University of the ArtsYokohamaJapan
  4. 4.Department of Informatics and EngineeringThe University of Electro-CommunicationsChofuJapan

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