Affective Tele-touch

  • John-John Cabibihan
  • Lihao Zheng
  • Chin Kiang Terence Cher
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7621)


Classical works have described how touch therapy has been effective in the recovery and good appetite of children in hospitals. This paper proposes an affective tele-touch system prototype customized for therapeutic touches over the Internet. The affective contact area was designated to the posterior forearm surface where three stimuli were made available: vibration, warmth, and tickle. Affective tele-touches could be applied either with a sensory haptic device. We have conducted touch therapy experiments with this system to look at the experimental subjects’ recovery from video-induced sadness with heartbeat rates as the psycho-physiological measurement indicator. Our results show that a touch from a human hand or a tele-touch was able to reduce heartbeat rates of the participants after they watched a sad video clip.


affective tele-touch affective haptics touch therapy video-induced sadness wearable robotics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John-John Cabibihan
    • 1
  • Lihao Zheng
    • 1
  • Chin Kiang Terence Cher
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingapore

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