Haptics for the Development of Fundamental Rhythm Skills, Including Multi-limb Coordination [chapter]

Simon Holland, Anders Bouwer, Oliver Hödl
2018 Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems  
This chapter considers the use of haptics for learning fundamental rhythm skills, including skills that depend on multi-limb coordination. Different sensory modalities have different strengths and weaknesses for the development of skills related to rhythm. For example, vision has low temporal resolution and performs poorly for tracking rhythms in real time, whereas hearing is highly accurate. However, in the case of multi-limbed rhythms, neither hearing nor sight is particularly well suited to
more » ... ommunicating exactly which limb does what and when, or how the limbs coordinate. By contrast, haptics can work especially well in this area, by applying haptic signals independently to each limb. We review relevant theories, including embodied interaction and biological entrainment. We present a range of applications of the Haptic Bracelets, which are computer-controlled wireless vibrotactile devices, one attached to each wrist and ankle. Haptic pulses are used to guide users in playing rhythmic patterns that require multi-limb coordination. One immediate aim of the system is to support the development of practical rhythm skills and multilimb coordination. A longer-term goal is to aid the development of a wider range of fundamental rhythm skills including recognising, identifying, memorising, retaining, analysing, reproducing, coordinating, modifying and creating rhythms-particularly multi-stream (i.e. polyphonic) rhythmic sequences. Empirical results are presented.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-58316-7_11 fatcat:egrcabi7mbhqvlmxt34riu7odu