Tactile and Kinesthetic Feedbacks Improve Distance Perception in Virtual Reality

Lawrence Watkin, Gareth E Barnaby, Anne Roudaut

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Research spanning psychology, neuroscience and HCI found that depth perception distortion is a common problem in virtual reality. This distortion results in depth compression, where users perceive objects closer than their intended distance. Studies suggested that cues, such as audio and haptic, help to solve this issue. We focus on haptic feedback and investigate how force feedback compares to tactile feedback within peripersonal space in reducing depth perception distortion. Our study (N=12) compares the use of haptic force feedback, vibration haptic feedback, a combination of both or no feedback. Our results show that both vibration and force feedback improve depth perception distortion over no feedback (8.3 times better distance estimation than with no haptic feedback vs. 1.4 to 1.5 times better with either vibration or force feedback on their own). Participants also subjectively preferred using force feedback, or a combination of force and vibration feedback, over no feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2019
EventIHM 2019 - Grenoble, Grenoble
Duration: 10 Dec 201913 Dec 2019


ConferenceIHM 2019


  • Haptic
  • Force Feedback
  • Tactile Feedback
  • Depth Perception
  • Virtual Reality


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