Haptic API/SDK for Design and Integration of Wearable Haptic Effects for Distributed Full Body Haptics - QC-212

Preferred Disciplines: Mechanical engineering, Computer science (Master, PhD, Post-Doc)
Project length: 4-6 months
Approx. start date: As soon as possible
Location: Montreal, QC
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: None
Company: Phenomena

About Company:

At Phenomena we create immersive experiences and hardware haptic devices we call VPX. The VPX adds a layer of immersion which connects you more deeply in the virtual world. Built to be robust, our haptic devices allow for the creation of computer-controlled vibrations and lights to be coupled with the immersive content. They have a powerful ability to bring out a sense of touch into the virtual world leaving audiences blown away. VPX is the next frontier in VR and XR technology.

Summary of Project:

The research seeks to develop tools for the design and integration of expressive haptic effects for a distributed series of worn haptic actuators, with an emphasis on creativity support.

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  1. Development of exploratory tools for composing haptics effects based in concepts such as sketching, snapshots and generative models;
  2. Integration and mapping of diverse input data and sensor devices in order to create responsive, dynamic haptic effects based on multi-modal sensing and data analysis;
  3. Develop materials to support designers and users to learn about composing with distributed haptics effects; and;
  4. Optimize the performance and stability of the previously developed SDK which will be the basis for the creative tools developed.


    • To be discussed

    Expertise and Skills Needed:

    • Strong understanding of Unity Game Engine is a must.
    • Interest in wearables and haptics 

    For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

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    2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform