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Tool Summary

General Purpose Information
Year of First Releaseⓘ 2001
Platformⓘ Protools and Max/MSP
Availabilityⓘ Unavailable
Licenseⓘ Unknown
Hardware Control Information
Haptic Categoryⓘ Vibrotactile
Hardware Abstractionⓘ Consumer (6 V1220 transducers, 1 Aura Systems Interactor Cushion)
Interaction and Interface Information
Driving Featureⓘ Time
Effect Localizationⓘ Device-centric
Media Supportⓘ Audio
Iterative Playbackⓘ Yes
Design Approachesⓘ DPC, Sequencing
Interaction Metaphorsⓘ Track, Demonstration

Additional Information

Skinscape is meant to be a haptic equivalent to a MIDI sequencer. Keyboard inputs are recorded in Max/MSP and mapped to seven haptic actuators, six of which are located on the arms and one on the lower back. This sequence would then be exported and loaded into a traditional audio editing environment (e.g., ProTools) so that it can be combined with existing music.

For more information, consult Eric Gunther’s Masters Thesis.