Evaluation of Roller-Type Itch-Relief Device Employing Hot and Cold Alternating Stimuli

Ryo Watanabe, Michi Sato, Naoki Saito, Yuichiro Mori, Taku Hachisu, Shogo Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kajimoto

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Abstract

An itch is a significant problem for many diseases and relief of itch without side effect is required. We focused on the fact that painful thermal stimulation inhibits the itch sensation. Based on two well-known phenomena, thermal grill illusion and synthetic heat, which can generate pain or burning sensation without physical damage, we tried to achieve similar effect with harmless-range thermal stimulation.We developed a roller-type itch-relief device. The roller is composed of two parts. One part is set hot and the other is set cold by embedded Peltier devices. When the device is rolled on the user’s skin, the skin is exposed to hot and cold stimuli alternatively. We also evaluated the elicited sensation and confirmed that it could partly deliver pain sensation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2013 - Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives
EditorsMichel Beaudouin-Lafon, Patrick Baudisch, Wendy E. Mackay
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages403-408
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450318990
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 27 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems:, CHI EA 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: Apr 27 2013May 2 2013

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Volume2013-April

Conference

Conference31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems:, CHI EA 2013
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period4/27/135/2/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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