Vincent Lévesque


Design of a Haptic Language for Gestural Control of Smart Lights

Gijs Verhoeven, Vincent Levesque

Proc. HAID 2020 - International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design, May 2020, Montreal, Canada (Held online on August 21, 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.)

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Ubiquitous haptics draws from ubiquitous computing and aims to integrate haptics in everyday life to render interaction with technology seamless and intuitive. We describe an explorative design process that takes ubiquitous haptics as a starting point and aims to discover opportunities for haptics in a near future in which smart objects and haptic feedback are omnipresent. Through hands-on experimentation and brainstorming, we conceived a concept for the use of haptic feedback as part of a gestural language for interactions with connected devices, and more specifically with smart lights. The concept was developed and validated by exploring usage scenarios and experimenting with low-fidelity Wizard-of-Oz prototypes and high-fidelity prototype in virtual reality. This process led to the design of an intuitive and seamless user experience for smart lighting control based on a synergy between gestures and haptic feedback.