Syntacts (Standalone)

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Tool Summary

General Purpose Information
Year of First Releaseⓘ 2020
Platformⓘ Windows, macOS, Linux
Availabilityⓘ Available
Licenseⓘ Open Source (MIT)
Hardware Control Information
Haptic Categoryⓘ Vibrotactile
Hardware Abstractionⓘ Class (Audio-driven)
Interaction and Interface Information
Driving Featureⓘ Time
Effect Localizationⓘ Location-aware
Media Supportⓘ None
Iterative Playbackⓘ Yes
Design Approachesⓘ DPC, Process, Sequencing
Interaction Metaphorsⓘ Track, Keyframe

Additional Information

Syntacts is an API and graphical tool for creating audio-driven vibrotactile arrays. Vibrotactile “signals” can be created using common waveforms and combined using operations such as sequencing and multiplication. Complex envelopes can also be applied to these different signals. The Syntacts GUI includes a spatializer for mapping desired signals to the correct virtual location on an array and a track-based sequencer to aid in performing these signal operations.

For more information, consult the 2020 Transactions on Haptics paper and the GitHub repository.