Frictional widgets: Enhancing touch interfaces with programmable friction

Vincent Lévesque*, Nicholas D. Marchuk, Louise Oram, Dan Johnson, Karon MacLean, J. Edward Colgate, Andy Cockburn, Michael A. Peshkin

*Corresponding author for this work

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8 Scopus citations


Touch interactions occur through flat surfaces that lack the tactile richness of physical interfaces. We explore the design possibilities offered by augmenting touchscreens with programmable surface friction. Four exemplar applications - an alarm clock, a file manager, a game, and a text editor - demonstrate tactile effects that improve touch interactions by enhancing physicality, performance, and subjective satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2011 - 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450302289
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


  • Haptics
  • Tactile feedback
  • Touch screen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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