Multimodel Interactive Interface Platform with Mid-Air Haptic Feedback
(Master's Thesis) 

AirTap is an interactive system that uses 16 air-vortex-ring generators to deliver targeted, localized, unambiguous, free-space haptic feedback onto a user’s hand when they interacting with virtual 3D objects on a stereoscopic display. AirTap can serve as a multimodal interactive interface, as a research tool for studying air-vortex-ring based haptics, and as an open platform for creative expressions in multimodal interaction.  


Ali Shtarbanov and V. Michael Bove Jr. 2018. Free-Space Haptic Feedback for 3D Displays via Air-Vortex Rings. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Paper LBW622, 1–6. DOI:

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Ali Shtarbanov, 2018. AirTap: Multimodal Interactive Interface Platform with Free-Space Cutaneous Haptic Feedback via Toroidal Air-Vortices

Thesis S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2018. 

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