Plug-and-Play Haptic Interaction for Tactile Internet Based on WebRTC

Ken Iiyoshi, Ruth Gebremedhin, Vineet Gokhale, Mohamad Eid*

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Tactile Internet promises a widespread adoption of haptic communication over the Internet. However, as haptic technologies are becoming more diversified and available than ever, the need has arisen for a plug-and-play (PnP) haptic communication over a computer network. This paper presents a system for enabling PnP communication of heterogeneous haptic interfaces. The system is based on three key features: (i) a haptic metadata to make haptic interfaces self-descriptive, (ii) a handshake protocol to automatically exchange haptic metadata between two communicating devices, and (iii) a multimodal (haptic-audio-visual) media communication protocol. Implemented using WebRTC, the PnP communication is evaluated using a Tele-Writing application with two heterogeneous haptic interfaces, namely Geomagic Touch and Novint Falcon. Our findings demonstrate the potential of the system to be employed in any Tactile Internet scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment - 12th EAI International Conference, INTETAIN 2020, Proceedings
EditorsNavid Shaghaghi, Fabrizio Lamberti, Brian Beams, Reza Shariatmadari, Ahmed Amer
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783030764258
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event12th EAI International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, INTETAIN 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 12 Dec 202014 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211
ISSN (Electronic)1867-822X


Conference12th EAI International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, INTETAIN 2020
CityVirtual, Online


  • Haptic-Audio-Visual (HAV) handshake
  • Request/response
  • Tactile Internet (TI)
  • TI Metadata (TIM)
  • WebRTC


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