Fortissimo: Force-feedback for mobile devices

Tae Hong Park, Oriol Nieto

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In this paper we present a highly expressive, robust, and easy-to-build system that provides force-feedback interaction for mobile computing devices (MCD). Our system, which we call fortissimo (ff ), utilizes standard built-in accelerometer measurements in conjunction with generic foam padding that can be easily placed under a device to render an expressive force-feedback performance setup. fortissimo allows for musically expressive user-interaction with added force-feedback which is integral for any musical controller – a feature that is absent for touchscreen-centric MCDs. This paper details ff core concepts, hardware and software designs, and expressivity of musical features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-294
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
StatePublished - 2013
Event13th International conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME 2013 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: May 27 2013May 30 2013


  • Expression
  • Force-feedback
  • Mobile computing devices
  • Mobile music

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation
  • Music
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications


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