No Strings Attached: Force and Vibrotactile Feedback in a Virtual Guitar Simulation

Andrea Passalenti, Razvan Paisa, Niels Christian Nilsson, Nikolaj Schwab Andersson, Federico Fontana, Rolf Nordahl, Stefania Serafin

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The poster describes a multisensory simulation of plucking guitar strings in virtual reality and a user study evaluating the simulation. Auditory feedback is generated by a physics-based simulation of guitar strings, and haptic feedback is provided by a combination of high fidelity vibrotactile actuators and a Phantom Omni. The study compared four conditions: No haptic feedback, vibrotactile feedback, force feedback, and a combination of force and vibrotactile feedback. The results indicate that the combination of vibrotactile and force feedback elicits the most realistic experience, and during this condition, participants were less likely to inadvertently hit strings. Notably, no significant differences were found between the conditions involving either vibrotactile or force feedback.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Sound and Music Computing Conference
PublisherSound and Music Computing Network
Publication date2019
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-09-08518-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event16th Sound and music computing conference - University of Malaga (UMA). , Malaga, Spain
Duration: 28 May 201931 May 2019


Conference16th Sound and music computing conference
LocationUniversity of Malaga (UMA).
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference

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