Mengjia Zhu, Elliot Hawkes, Yon Visell
PenPenBall is a computer game with integrated haptic 7 feedback. It constitutes part of a research project on hydraulically actuated textiles that can be worn on the human body. These hydraulically actuated textiles are known as Fluidic Fabric Muscles Sheets (FFMS), which are biologically inspired soft robotic fluid-based actuators that mimic the functioning of muscles and tendons to produce strong forces. The game serves to demonstrate the integration of textile actuators as part of a human-computer mediated system and as an exploration of non-traditional haptic feedback for use in media applications, with potential application for virtual and augmented reality applications. Special thanks to Karl Yerkes for his programming assistance.