Workshop on Wearable haptics

The complexity of the world around us is creating a demand for novel interfaces that will simplify and enhance the way we interact with the environment. The recently developed operating systems devoted to wearable devices, like Android Wear, address this demand by providing a specific environment for all those companies that are now developing wearable devices, also known as “wearables”. The wearable electronics business has powered over $14 billion in 2014, and it is estimated to power over $70 billion by 2024.

This market stems from the need for wearability, which is a key element for a natural interaction with nowadays technology. Development of wearbale haptics is crucial.

Wearability haptics will enable novel forms of human intention recognition through haptic signals and novel forms of communication and cooperation between humans and robots.

Specifically, wearable haptics will enable devices to communicate with humans during their interaction with the environment they share. Research challenges in this area are ambitious and cross traditional boundaries between robotics, mechanics, cognitive science and neuroscience. The applications cover robotics, health and social scenarios, stretching from human-robot interaction and cooperation for search and rescue, to human-human communication, and interaction with virtual worlds through interactive games.


For further info please consult Wearhap web-site


  • Prof. Antonio Frisoli,  Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
  • Prof. Domenico Prattichizzo, University of Siena and Italian Institute of Technology
  • Prof. Miguel Otaduy, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – Madrid

Video lectures available

Domenico Prattichizzo: "Wearable Haptics" workshop introduction
Hong Tan : Haptics and wearables devices in the consumer space
Vincent Hayward:Turning neuroscience ideas into wearable haptics
Domenico Prattichizzo: Wearable haptics: design principles a
Ioannis Sarakoglou - Wearable device for proprioceptive fe
Matteo Bianchi: Wearable haptics: sensing, perceptual and emotional aspects in human-robot applications
Miguel Otaduy : Skin and rendering models for tactile display
Antonio Frisoli, Massimiliano Solazzi: Improving manipulation abilities with haptic feedback