TECHTILE Workshop for Creating Haptic Content

  • Masashi Nakatani
  • Yasuaki Kakehi
  • Kouta Minamizawa
  • Soichiro Mihara
  • Susumu Tachi


In recent times, haptic technology has advanced to the point where it can be used to manipulate tactile perception. Although haptics research is very popular in academia, the relevant technologies have not yet been implemented to devices that are commonly used, except for small electronic devices. In this chapter, we propose a basic haptic device called the “TECHTILE toolkit” that can design haptic content. We conducted a usability study of our toolkit by hosting more than 50 workshops worldwide that involved professional researchers as well as members of the general public, from children in elementary schools to college students. We classify haptic experiences suggested by participants during the workshops, and also discuss potential haptic content.


Haptic content Haptic experience Vibratory stimuli TECHTILE 



This work was in part supported by YCAM InterLab camp vol. 2, the JST-ACCEL “Embodied Media” Project, and the JST-CREST “Harmonized Inter-Personal Display Based on Position and Direction Control” Project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masashi Nakatani
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yasuaki Kakehi
    • 3
  • Kouta Minamizawa
    • 2
  • Soichiro Mihara
    • 4
  • Susumu Tachi
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of GerontologyThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Media DesignKeio UniversityMinato-kuJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Environment and Information StudiesKeio UniversityMinato-kuJapan
  4. 4.BunkyoJapan
  5. 5.Institute of GerontologyThe University of TokyoBunkyoJapan

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