An image of ANISMA to aid in identification.

Tool Summary

General Purpose Information
Year of First Releaseⓘ 2022
Platformⓘ Windows, macOS, Linux
Availabilityⓘ Available
Licenseⓘ Open Source (GPL 3)
Hardware Control Information
Haptic Categoryⓘ Skin Stretch/Compression
Hardware Abstractionⓘ Class (Shape-Memory Alloys)
Interaction and Interface Information
Driving Featureⓘ Action
Effect Localizationⓘ Location-aware
Media Supportⓘ None
Iterative Playbackⓘ Yes
Design Approachesⓘ DPC, Process, Library
Interaction Metaphorsⓘ Track, Keyframe, Demonstration

Additional Information

ANISMA is a toolkit to prototype wearable haptic devices using shape-memory alloys (SMAs). Users can position types of SMAs already present in the software between two nodes and simulate how networks of SMAs would behave on the skin during actuation. Nodes to which SMAs are attached can either be simulated as adhered to the skin of the wearer or free-floating. Once the layout is complete, ANISMA can be used to fabricate the design and to play back patterns on the actual hardware.

For more information, please consult the 2022 ACM ToCHI paper and the main GitHub repository.