An Investigation of Figure Recognition with Electrostatic Tactile Display

  • Hirobumi TomitaEmail author
  • Shotaro Agatsuma
  • Ruiyun Wang
  • Shin Takahashi
  • Satoshi Saga
  • Hiroyuki Kajimoto
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11573)


The visually impaired must obtain shape information in a tactile manner. However, existing conventional graphics are static. We prepared a more useful, dynamic tactile display; we aimed to allow the visually impaired to recognize and draw figures via tactile feedback. We developed an electrostatic force-based tactile display and performed two preliminary evaluative experiments. We measured figure recognition rates and explored how users perceived figures that were displayed in a tactile manner. We describe the results and future planned improvements.


Tactile feedback Visually impaired Tactile graphics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hirobumi Tomita
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shotaro Agatsuma
    • 1
  • Ruiyun Wang
    • 1
  • Shin Takahashi
    • 1
  • Satoshi Saga
    • 2
  • Hiroyuki Kajimoto
    • 3
  1. 1.University of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Kumamoto UniversityChuo-kuJapan
  3. 3.The University of Electro-CommunicationsChoufuJapan

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