Preliminary experimentation on vibrotactile feedback in the context of Mu-rhythm based BCI

Febo Cincotti, Laura Kauhanen, Fabio Aloise, Tapio Palomäki, Nicholas Caporusso, Pasi Jylänki, Donatella Mattia, Fabio Babiloni, Gerolf Vanacker, Marnix Nuttin, Maria Grazia Marciani, José Del R Millán

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Abstract

Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) need an uninterrupted flow of feedback to the user, which is usually delivered through the visual channel. Our aim is to explore the benefits of vibrotactile feedback during users' training and control of EEG-based BCI applications. An experimental setup for delivery of vibrotactile feedback, including specific hardware and software arrangements, was specified. We compared vibrotactile and visual feedback, addressing the performance in presence of a complex visual task on the same (visual) or different (tactile) sensory channel. The preliminary experimental setup included a simulated BCI control, in which all parts reflected the computational and actuation process of an actual BCI, except the souce, which was simulated using a "noisy" PC mouse. Results indicated that the vibrotactile channel can function as a valuable feedback modality with reliability comparable to the classical visual feedback. Advantages of using a vibrotactile feedback emerged when the visual channel was highly loaded by a complex task.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Pages4739-4742
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event29th Annual International Conference of IEEE-EMBS, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'07 - Lyon, France
Duration: Aug 23 2007Aug 26 2007

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Other29th Annual International Conference of IEEE-EMBS, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'07
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period8/23/078/26/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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    Cincotti, F., Kauhanen, L., Aloise, F., Palomäki, T., Caporusso, N., Jylänki, P., Mattia, D., Babiloni, F., Vanacker, G., Nuttin, M., Marciani, M. G., & Millán, J. D. R. (2007). Preliminary experimentation on vibrotactile feedback in the context of Mu-rhythm based BCI. In Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings (pp. 4739-4742). [4353398] https://doi.org/10.1109/IEMBS.2007.4353398