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Published on Mar 26, 2011
Organization: The University of Electro-Communications Authors: TAKAHASHI Nobuhiro, OKAZAKI Ryuta, OKABE Hiroyuki, YOSHIKAWA Hiromi , AOU Kanako, YAMAKAWA Shumpei, YOKOYAMA Maki, KAJIMOTO Hiroyuki Abstract: What type of emotions could be obtained if you were able to hug yourself? When we hug someone, we feel a sense of ease coming from emotions such as belief, security and love. However, it is not possible to hug oneself, who is the closest person. To experience this situation, we proposed a tactile device called the Sense-Roid. The system is composed of a lay figure with tactile sensors to detect the user's caressing motion, and a tactile jacket with vibrators and artificial muscles to reflect the caressing motion to the user. As a result, users caress themselves through our Sense-Roid. We believe that this self-caressing experience will enlighten people about the value of caressing.