An Evaluation of Signal Annoyance for a Head-Mounted Tactile Display
Final rept. Feb 2013-Sep 2014
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD HUMAN RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING DIRECTORATE
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate perceived annoyance for vibrotactile signals applied to the head. A head-mounted tactile display, integrated with a bone conduction system dual-use, tactile-bone conduction communication system, is considered for military applications, but previous studies have reported unfavorable user reviews for vibrotactile signals applied to the head. Vibrotactile signals from 32 to 250 Hz were sent to the foreheads of 30 participants who rated the perceived annoyance of each signal. Higher frequency signals were rated more annoying than lower frequency signals. Consequently, higher frequency signals will most likely not be preferred on the head and generally may be associated with annoyance and other feelings of unsettledness. We are not advocating that higher signal frequencies should never be used on the head, because there are times when they may be appropriate, especially for various military applications. However, we must be systematic in how we use them to maintain user acceptance.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
- Non-Radio Communications