The Hapstrument


Prototype Iterations

We present the Hapstrument, a novel bimanual haptic device for musical expression. Composed of two Haply 2diy haptic force feedback devices, the instrument allows a user to control pitch with one hand, and excitation with the other. We evaluated the Hapstrument's playability in an informal study with musicians and validated our original design goal through a live performance with the Hapstrument.


This project was the result of CanHap501: Introduction to Haptic Information Design, an inter-university graduate-level course. It was taught by top haptic researchers in Canada as part of the CanHaptics network.

We thank Oliver Schneder and Jeremy Cooperstock for their advice.

© Derrek Chow 2022