A functional analysis of haptic feedback in digital musical instrument interactions

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Young, Gareth W.
Murphy, David
Weeter, Jeffrey
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An experiment is presented that measured aspects of functionality, usability and user experience for four distinct types of device feedback. The goal was to analyse the role of haptic feedback in functional digital musical instrument (DMI) interactions. Quantitative and qualitative human–computer interaction analysis techniques were applied in the assessment of prototype DMIs that displayed unique elements of haptic feedback; specifically, full haptic (constant-force and vibrotactile) feedback, constant-force only, vibrotactile only and no feedback. From the analysis, data are presented that comprehensively quantify the effects of feedback in haptic interactions with DMI devices. The investigation revealed that the various types of haptic feedback applied had no significant functional effect upon device performance in pitch selection tasks; however, a number of significant effects were found upon the users’ perception of usability and their experiences with each of the different feedback types.
Device feedback , Computer interaction analysis , DMI devices , Haptic feedback
Young, G. W., Murphy, D. and Weeter, J. (2018) 'A functional analysis of haptic feedback in digital musical instrument interactions', in Papetti, S. and Saitis, C. (eds.) Musical Haptics. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 95-122. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-58316-7_6