Issue No. 03 - July-September (2006 vol. 13)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MMUL.2006.69
Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre , International Society for Haptics
What would be worse, losing your sight or your sense of touch? Although touch (more generally, somesthesis) is commonly underrated, major somesthetic loss can't be adequately compensated for by sight. It results in catastrophic impairments of hand dexterity, haptic capabilities, walking, perception of limb position, and so on. Providing users with inadequate somesthetic feedback in virtual environments might impair their performance, just as major somesthetic loss does.
haptic, user interfaces, human factors
G. Robles-De-La-Torre, "The Importance of the Sense of Touch in Virtual and Real Environments," in IEEE MultiMedia, vol. 13, no. , pp. 24-30, 2006.