In the project PhantomTouch, we aim to recreate natural touch sensations on human skin. Fundamentally, PhantomTouch is a prototype based on lightweight and stretchable plaster matrix of Shape-Memory-Alloys (SMA). The current prototype is attached to the forearm and recreates touch illusions by deploying subtle shear forces on the skin.
- Muthukumarana, S., Elvitigala, D.S., Cortes, J.P.F., Matthies, D.J.C., and Nanayakkara, S. 2020, April. Touch me Gently: Recreating the Perception of Touch using a Shape-Memory Alloy Matrix. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2020), April 25–30, 2020, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA. ACM. [DOI], [PDF]
- Muthukumarana, S., Elvitigala, D.S., Cortes, J.P.F., Matthies, D.J. and Nanayakkara, S., 2019, November. PhantomTouch: Creating an Extended Reality by the Illusion of Touch using a Shape-Memory Alloy Matrix. In SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 XR (pp. 29-30). ACM. [DOI], [PDF]
Press and Awards
||Touch me Gently | Best Design Awards | Student Digital: Finalist. 2020. Designers Institute of New Zealand|
||Touch me Gently | Global Grad Show. 2020|
||PhantomTouch | Global Grad Show. 2020. MediaGrab|
||Touch me Gently Recreates Natural Touch Sensation Using Shape-Memory Alloy Matrix. 2020. hackster.io|