Ants in the Pants - Ticklish Tactile display using rotating brushes

Yoshimi Sato, Keiji Sato, Michi Sato, Shogo Fukushima, Yu Okano, Kanako Matsuo, Sayaka Ooshima, Yuichiro Kojima, Rika Matsue, Satsuki Nakata, Yuki Hashimot, Hiroyuki Kajimoto

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Abstract

We created a new entertainment called "Ants in the Pants". A user can see many ants moving around on a visual display. The user's hand is placed into a tactile display in the form of a glove that has a matrix of small motors with brushes inside it. When the user places their gloved hand on the visual display, the user can feel a sensation as if ants are crawling up their arm. We have tested the system with more than 500 participants. In response to a questionnaire, about 75% of users responded that the experience was "enjoyable" and 54% that it was "realistic". Moreover, our work was able to entertain most people regardless of their reaction to the experience. We believe our "Ants in the Pants" opened the door to a new type of "uncomfortable, creepy but enjoyable" entertainment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SICE Annual Conference 2008 - International Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Information Technology
Pages461-466
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventSICE Annual Conference 2008 - International Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Information Technology - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: Aug 20 2008Aug 22 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the SICE Annual Conference

Other

OtherSICE Annual Conference 2008 - International Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Information Technology
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityTokyo
Period8/20/088/22/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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