UltraHaptics Workshop: 23 – 25 July 2012, Pervasive Media Studio

We would like to invite you to join us for this exploratory, practical workshop, investigating how the emerging field of UltraHaptics might be used in creative context.

UltraHaptics is a multi-point haptic feedback system that allows users to experience haptic feedback simultaneously in multiple locations. This feedback is created in mid-air – so users don’t have to touch or hold any device to experience it.

The use of ultrasonic vibrations is a new technique for delivering tactile sensations to the user. In essence, a series of ultrasonic transducers emit very high frequency sound waves. When all of the sound waves meet at the same location at the same time, they create sensations on a human’s skin.

More information on UltraHaptics can be found at

The University of Bristol and Pervasive Media Studio are joining forces to produce a workshop designed to better understand how creative practitioners and developers can work together in creating new and novel user experiences using a unique haptic system.


  1. Explore the design space and identify various application scenarios along with limitations and benefits of our system.
  2. Develop and share some ideas around haptic experiences, test and rapid prototype ideas in a supported environment.
  3. Investigate how designers and developers talk/ think together about designing multi-sensory experiences.

10 to 15 designers and developers working together in groups over two days. If you are interested in participating then please contact verity.alexander@watershed.co.uk or Sriram Subramanian. We will aim to provide you with all the resources needed but if you have your own laptop it would be helpful to bring it along.

Each group will have access to the haptic kit along with a couple of projectors, and cameras. Through a series of guided and open sessions the groups will design and create a haptic experience. There will be several breakout sessions where teams can work on their design. We are keen to learn more about the design process so we will be talking and videoing (without disturbing) how the groups interact with each other during the breakout sessions. The workshop will finish in a summative group session.

Tom Carter, Sue Ann Seah, Sriram Subramanian, Clare Reddington, Verity Alexander, David Coyle & Marianna Obrist

Proposed Schedule
Monday 23rd July

18:00 Meet for dinner and establish groups.

Tuesday 24th July

09:00  – 10:00 Introduction talk on what UltraHaptics is and what it can do.
10:00 – 12:30 Breakout Session 1.
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Group session 1
15:30 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 16:20 Talk on UltraHaptics Software and applications framework
16:20 – 18:30 Breakout session 2
18:30 – Late Head out for dinner.

Wednesday 25th July

09:00  – 11:00 Group Session 2
11:00  – 11:10 Break
11:10 –  15:30 Breakout Session 3 (working Lunch)
15:30 – 18:15 Final Presentation and Group Discussions 3
18:15 – 18:30 Conclusions + future plans
18:30 – late End of workshop + drinks
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