It’s All in the Timing

  title={It’s All in the Timing},
  author={Christopher L. Asplund and Takashi Obana and Parag Bhatnagar and Xun Quan Koh and Simon Tangi Perrault},
  journal={ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI)},
  pages={1 - 29}
Vibration is an efficient way of conveying information from a device to its user, and it is increasingly used for wrist or finger-worn devices such as smart rings. Unexpected vibrations or sounds from the environment may disrupt the perception of such information. Although disruptive effects have been systematically explored in vision and audition, they have been less thoroughly examined in the haptic domain. Here we briefly review the relevant literature from HCI and psychology, distilling… 
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