AsiaHaptics Workshop 2018

Haptipedia: An interactive database for selecting, ideating, and learning about grounded force-feedback devices

Are you interested in learning about hundreds of force-feedback devices that have been developed since 1992?

Have you designed a force-feedback device? Have you used them in studies or interactive applications?

Do you teach about kinesthetic haptic devices?

We have developed Haptipedia, a large online gallery of haptic devices with an initial scope of 105 grounded force-feedback devices. Haptipedia was created to be a community resource that supports designers of all persuasions in ideating, finding, designing, and learning about kinesthetic haptic devices. In this AsiaHaptics workshop, you will learn how to use Haptipedia to address YOUR use case, and you can tell us how to make this resource more useful for you.

Workshop Date: November 14, 2018

Time: 15:15 – 18:00

Location: Room 110-111 in Songdo Convensia at AsiaHaptics 2018

Reserve your seat in the workshop:

Please bring a laptop or tablet. This is a hands-on workshop!

Objectives: This hands-on workshop will introduce Haptipedia (the tool, its underlying database, and its design assets) as a community resource. Attendees will use Haptipedia to address a use case of their choice, discuss how Haptipedia can best support innovation and teaching in the field of haptics, and conceive of other potential resources that are needed.

Significance: Of the hundreds of haptic devices invented to date, many are forgotten or repeated. Inspiration and evolution in this domain are thwarted by discipline fragmentation (across robotics, haptics, human-computer interaction, and various application domains) and the gap between a device’s first description and the many ways its concept could be re-used. As commercial and academic interest in haptics grows, engineers, scientists, and educators need to be able to browse and search existing haptic devices to: 1) identify gaps and ideate innovative designs, 2) find devices that meet their project needs, and 3) effectively communicate the field’s progress to novice hapticians. Haptipedia aims to address these needs by providing an online interactive visualized database of grounded force-feedback devices (presently populated with more than 100 devices).

Impact: The workshop will provide attendees with a better picture of haptic innovation and inspire new ideas for designing, researching, and teaching about force-feedback devices. We also hope that the discussions will inform and fuel development of future community tools and resources.

Relevant History: Earlier versions of Haptipedia were demonstrated at IEEE Haptics Symposium 2018 and EuroHaptics 2018. At AsiaHaptics 2018, we will officially release Haptipedia 2.0, which is implemented on a more powerful platform, includes twice as many devices as were present in the previous versions, has additional supplementary resources, and incorporates feedback from a year of design and evaluation.

Target audience

This workshop targets haptic device creators, perception scientists, application and experience designers, and educators who are interested in creating, studying, using, or teaching about grounded force-feedback devices. The workshop should be of interest to both beginners and experts in the field, including students, as well as academic and industry researchers and practitioners.

Tentative Program

We will start by describing the resource gap we perceive and introducing Haptipedia as a community resource for browsing and searching historic haptic innovations. We will briefly describe Haptipedia’s underlying dataset and other resources (e.g., device images and computer-aided design files), and we will demonstrate ways of using the interface as a tool.

Participants will then divide into small groups who are interested in similar use cases. We anticipate three primary types of use cases: 1) Identifying a gap in the literature for designing a future device, 2) Finding one or multiple existing devices that can be utilized or customized for a research project, and 3) teaching about force-feedback devices and the field’s progress and direction. Each group of participants will interact with Haptipedia (available online at and discuss one or more of these use cases for about an hour.

At the end of the workshop, all participants will rejoin the larger group, and each team will share their thoughts. We will collect these insights and send their summary along with other presented materials to the participants after the workshop, as well as posting them online on this page.

Here is an overview of the planned program:

  • 40 minutes – Introducing Haptipedia
  • 1 hour – Break-outs: Small groups use Haptipedia to brainstorm on a use case
  • 10 minutes – Break
  • 30 minutes – Take-up: Sharing the group discussions with everyone in the workshop
  • 10 minutes – Wrap up and how to contribute to the Haptipedia initiative


  • Hasti Seifi, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
  • Karon E. MacLean, The University of British Columbia
  • Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

List of Organizers:

  • Hasti Seifi, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
  • Karon E. MacLean, The University of British Columbia
  • Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
  • Farimah Fazlollahi, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
  • Gunhyuk Park, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
  • Michael Oppermann, The University of British Columbia

Data Collection:

We would like to analyze the discussions and feedback from the workshop and incorporate them into a revised version of Haptipedia. Therefore, we will ask you to sign a form if you consent for your voice and/or video to be recorded during the workshop. All the recorded data will be kept on password-protected devices. No identifiable information will be shared with individuals outside the research team or included in future publications. You can see a copy of the consent form at the following link: Haptipedia-ConsentForm.pdf


Designers with various backgrounds can explore Haptipedia’s visualization of 105 grounded force-feedback devices according to device attributes they care about.