Need for Touch in Human Space Exploration: Towards the Design of a Morphing Haptic Glove – ExoSkin

Sue Ann Seah, Marianna Obrist, Anne Roudaut, Sriram Subramanian

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Abstract

The spacesuit, particularly the spacesuit glove, creates a barrier between astronauts and their environment. Motivated by the vision of facilitating full-body immersion for effortless space exploration, it is necessary to understand the sensory needs of astronauts during extra-vehicular activities (EVAs). In this paper, we present the outcomes from a two-week field study performed at the Mars Desert Research Station, a facility where crews carry out Mars-simulated missions. We used a combination of methods (a haptic logbook, technology probes, and interviews) to investigate user needs for haptic feedback in EVAs in order to inform the design of a haptic glove. Our results contradict the common belief that a haptic technology should always convey as much information as possible, but should rather offer a controllable transfer. Based on these findings, we identified two main design requirements to enhance haptic feedback through the glove: (i) transfer of the shape and pressure features of haptic information and (ii) control of the amount of haptic information. We present the implementation of these design requirements in the form of the concept and first prototype of ExoSkin. ExoSkin is a morphing haptic feedback layer that augments spacesuit gloves by controlling the transfer of haptic information from the outside world onto the astronauts’ skin.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015
Subtitle of host publication15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Bamberg, Germany, September 14-18, 2015, Proceedings, Part IV
EditorsJulio Abascal, Simone Barbosa, Mirko Fetter, Tom Gross, Philippe Palanque, Marco Winckler
PublisherSpringer
Pages18-36
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319227238
ISBN (Print)9783319227221
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume9299
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Keywords

  • space
  • touch
  • haptic feedback
  • haptic glove
  • user experience
  • extra-vehicular activities
  • haptic jamming
  • field study
  • technology probes

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