The HapBand: A Cutaneous Device for Remote Tactile Interaction

  • Francesco Chinello
  • Mirko Aurilio
  • Claudio Pacchierotti
  • Domenico Prattichizzo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8618)


In this work we present a novel haptic device that applies cutaneous force feedback to the forearm. We called it HapBand. It is composed of three moving plates, whose action on the forearm resembles the squeeze of a human hand. In order to validate the device, we carried out an experiment of remote tactile interaction. A glove, instrumented with five force sensors, registered the contact forces at the remote site, while the HapBand mimicked the registered sensation to the user’s forearm. Results showed the HapBand to well resemble the squeezing sensation on the forearm.


Cutaneous feedback Affective haptics Remote tactile interaction 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Program FP7/2007–2013 under grant agreement n\(^\circ \) 270460 of the project “ACTIVE” and under grant agreement n\(^\circ \) 601165 of the project “WEARHAP”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Chinello
    • 1
  • Mirko Aurilio
    • 1
  • Claudio Pacchierotti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Domenico Prattichizzo
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information Engineering and MathematicsUniversity of SienaSienaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Advanced RoboticsIstituto Italiano di TecnologiaGenovaItaly

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