HapticHead - Around-the-head tactile display

HapticHead is a novel around-the-head tactile display which can be used in a variety of applications such as guidance utilizing moving tactile cues, important tactile notifications or immersive Virtual- and Augmented Reality experiences. Developed by the Human-Computer Interaction group at the University of Hannover, HapticHead is under active development and evaluation as of 2017.


HapticHead can generate moving tactile cues which allow intuitive spatial awareness of nearby virtual or real objects, positions or orientations. This also allows navigating visually impaired people which is an active topic of research.


Applications in Virtual- and Augmented Reality aim to immerse the user in a fully-fletched experience in which a HapticHead display can play a major role in by letting the user feel virtual snowflakes, shockwaves or objects close to their head.


Getting a directional tactile notification directly on the surface of the head in the event of emergency may help save precious time. This kind of notification cannot be missed and is interpreted intuitively, giving the user just that little bit of extra time to react.

HapticHead: A Spherical Vibrotactile Grid around the Head for 3D Guidance in Virtual and Augmented Reality Oliver Beren Kaul, Michael Rohs Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '17
Full Paper
Wearable Head-mounted 3D Tactile Display Application Scenarios Oliver Beren Kaul, Michael Rohs Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct
Workshop Paper
HapticHead: 3D Guidance and Target Acquisition Through a Vibrotactile Grid Oliver Beren Kaul, Michael Rohs Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems

HapticHead is developed by the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Hannover. For additional details, see our CHI 2017 paper on HapticHead (to be published on our homepage and in the ACM digital library in May 2017).

For inquiries, please contact Oliver Beren Kaul - kaul@hci.uni-hannover.de.