1st International ICST Workshop on Haptic in Ambient Systems

Research Article

Bringing haptics to Second Life

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.AMBISYS2008.2823 ,
        author={Maurizio  de Pascale and Sara  Mulatto and Domenico  Prattichizzo},
        title={Bringing haptics to Second Life},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Haptic in Ambient Systems},
        keywords={Second Life Haptics Blind Walk Blind Vision.},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.AMBISYS2008.2823 }
  • Maurizio de Pascale
    Sara Mulatto
    Domenico Prattichizzo
    Year: 2010
    Bringing haptics to Second Life
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.AMBISYS2008.2823
Maurizio de Pascale1,*, Sara Mulatto1,*, Domenico Prattichizzo1,*
  • 1: Robotics and Systems Lab, University of Siena, Siena, Italy.
*Contact email: mdepascale@dii.unisi.it, mulatto@dii.unisi.it, prattichizzo@dii.unisi.it


Current and potential applications of online virtual worlds are attracting the interest of many researchers around the world. One and perhaps the most famous example of such systems is Linden Lab's Second Life. Recently, sources for its client application have been released under the GPL license, allowing anyone to extend it and build a modified client. This work presents an effort to explore the possibilities that haptic technologies can offer to multiuser online virtual worlds, to provide users with an easier, more interactive and immersive experience. A haptic-enabled version of the Second Life Client, supporting major haptic devices, is proposed. Two haptic-based input modes have been added which help visually impaired people to navigate and explore the simulated 3D environment by exploiting force feedback capabilities of these devices.