Human-Computer Interaction

INTERACT 2015: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015 pp 140-147 | Cite as

Actuated Shear: Enabling Haptic Feedback on Rich Touch Interfaces

  • Bernhard Maurer
  • 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 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard Maurer
    • 1
  • 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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