Feel it in your body: electrical muscle stimuli as haptics

A workshop at Haptics '15


Tentative Program: (download call paper here) Introduction Propose and prospects of the workshop 10 min 5 min position presentation Introduction of the participants and presentation 30 min EMS- overview Introduction of EMS medical and safety aspects, providing movements 20 min Getting in touch with EMS EMS-System and pads for the participants Find and control a muscle 20 min Group division Participants… Read more →


Pedro’s work on Electrical Muscle Stimulation

 Lopes, P. and Baudisch, P. Muscle-propelled force feedback: bringing force feedback to mobile devices. Proc. of CHI’13, (2013), 2577–2580. (video // paper)


Lopes, P., Ion, A., Mueller, W., Hoffmann, D., Jonell, P., and Baudisch, P. Proprioceptive Interaction. Proc. of CHI’15 (to appear), (2015). (paper)


 Lopes, P., Jonell, P., and Baudisch, P. Affordance++: allowing objects to communicate dynamic use. Proc. of CHI’15 (to appear), (2015). (paper



Max’s work on Electrical Muscle Stimulation

player  Pfeiffer, M., Schneegaß, S.,  and Alt, F. Supporting interaction in public space with electrical muscle stimulation. Proc. of UBICOMP’13, (2013), 5-8.


arm-emsPfeiffer, M., Schneegaß, S.,  Alt, F., and Rohs, M. Let Me Grab This : A Comparison of EMS and Vibration for Haptic Feedback in Free-Hand Interaction. Proc. of Augmented Human’14, (2014), 1–8.


ThumbnailImage Pfeiffer, M., Duente, T., Schneegass, S., Alt, F., and Rohs, M. Cruise Control for Pedestrians: Controlling Walking Direction using Electrical Muscle Stimulation. Proc. of CHI’15 (to appear), (2015).


user Pfeiffer, M. and Stuerzlinger, W. 3D Virtual Hand Pointing with EMS and Vibration Feedback. 3DUI’15 (to appear), (2015).


Other’s work on Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Tamaki, E., Miyaki, T., and Rekimoto, J. PossessedHand: Techniques for controlling human hands using electrical muscles stimuli. Proc. of CHI’11, (2011), 543.

Call for participation

Download call for participation paper (here). Haptic feedback has been a long standing promise for the interactive channel between humans and computers. It allows to leverage other faculties such as proprioception instead of using the visual sense, which is often overloaded with traditional UIs. Haptic feedback opens more channels of perception. It provides a direct way to interface with the… Read more →

What is Muscle Stimulation?

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. EMS has received increasing attention in the last few years, because it has the potential to serve as: a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes; a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients; a… Read more →