Haptic Footprint

 Paul Strohmeier


We only perceive a tiny sliver of the world around us. We are constrained by what our senses can process. These senses evolved to react to what is immediately important for our survival. Our technological development has outstripped the pace at which our physical senses evolve. We do not have access to things such as the electromagnetic spectrum at 2.5 GHz, even though it is relevant to the day to day life of most of us. We are poor at perceiving things such as changes in the chemical composition of the air we breathe, even though it is critical for our long term survival as a species.  

Can we augment a stroll through nature with sensory experiences usually outside the range of our perception? Haptic Footprints explore using vibrotactile rendering for this purpose.