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Keeping volleyball players on their toes: a haptic feedback design

Mulder, S.H. (2021) Keeping volleyball players on their toes: a haptic feedback design.

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Abstract:Feedback is essential to improve sports skills. To provide more feedback than a trainer can do, technology can be used in three modalities: vision, audio and haptics. Haptic technology can be defined as computers that interact with humans via touch. To discover the possibilities with haptic feedback on posture and movement in sport, this study aims to determine how a haptic feedback system could be designed to stimulate volleyball players to shift their weight to their forefeet. This active posture with the weight on the forefeet is an important posture in volleyball. By researching the state-of-the-art literature and existing work, designing a prototype and doing user tests, insight is gained into the design possibilities within haptic technology systems and the application of haptic feedback in volleyball. Participants in the user test were volleyball players with different levels and amount of experience. The prototype that provided vibrotactile feedback was found to provide clearly noticeable feedback. Experienced users are better able to interpret the feedback and improve their posture. The current prototype design does not stimulate an immediate upward movement of the heel, but more a notification of an incorrect posture. However, the prototype was still evaluated positively. It should be further researched whether a different design is more stimulating and how different aspects influence the experienced stimulation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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