Publication or Conference Title:Ph.D. Thesis, McGill University
Vibrotactile feedback and stimulation can be used to convey information by means of specialized displays augmented with vibrating actuators. To achieve successful communications via the sense of touch, perceptual, technological and cognitive issues need to be taken into account in the design of these displays and of the tactile effects conveyed to the final user.
In this thesis we propose a systematic approach to the design of tactile displays and of tactile effects and icons in the context of music performance and practice: firstly, a perceptually-informed review of the function of vibrotactile feedback and stimulation
in music performance is proposed, together with an evaluation of actuator technologies; secondly, in context, user-based evaluations of several vibrotactile-augmented displays are presented, which took place during the successful performance of real world concerts and installations.