2014 年 19 巻 4 号 p. 593-603
Current Haptics technology is capable of manipulating the tactile perception of material properties. Although Haptics research is very popular in academic research, those technologies have not prevailed in general use yet. Here we report the development of an introductory haptic device called the "TECHTILE toolkit" that is capable of designing haptic experiences. We conducted usability study of our developed toolkit through conducting over fifty workshops world-wide that are for both professional researchers and general audience from elementary to collage levels. We also discuss the prospective applications of haptic devices by classifying participants' haptic experiences that were proposed during the workshop.