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Tool Summary

General Purpose Information
Year of First Releaseⓘ 2020
Platformⓘ NodeJS
Availabilityⓘ Available
Licenseⓘ Open Source (GPL 3)
Hardware Control Information
Haptic Categoryⓘ Vibrotactile
Hardware Abstractionⓘ Bespoke (bARefoot)
Interaction and Interface Information
Driving Featureⓘ Action
Effect Localizationⓘ Device-centric
Media Supportⓘ None
Iterative Playbackⓘ Yes
Design Approachesⓘ DPC, Process, Library
Interaction Metaphorsⓘ Generic Menu

Additional Information

VibrAteRial is designed to create underfoot material effects in VR for the bARefoot shoe system. Each bARefoot contains a pressure sensor and vibrotactile actuators. Using the authoring tool, designers create virtual materials by controlling vibration grains that trigger as the bARefoot wearer steps down on the shoe. Users can control the distribution of these grains as a function of pressure, and the frequency and amplitude of each grain. These can be sent to a bARefoot so that the material can be tested and refined.

For more information on this or bARefoot, consult the UIST’20 paper and the Git repository.