Tactile Communication Device for the Neck

Tactile Image is developing a novel tactile feedback device that uses multiple actuators placed around the neck, electronic H/W, firmware and tactile semaphores to communicate with the subject.

The device is constructed around a small pair of connected headphones, at rest around the neck, which maintains a holster carrying 12+ micro-vibration motors lightly taught and snug around the neck. Each actuator may be individually fired by the microcontroller receiving signals wirelessly form a mobile, computer or console.

Tactile semaphores are static or dynamic patterns of actuators operating at

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    Seed is your jumping off point, building the foundation for your project. It helps you define your idea, vision and audience.

    -Intuitive tactile guidance -Intuitive tactile perception of the bearing and range of multiple objects -Intuitive tactile perception of acceleration in simulations -Tactile perception of departure from true horizon and an intuitive way to force the pilot to take corrective action

     

    What are you designing, creating, or researching?

    Ways in which this device may be worn comfortably for extended periods of time during physical activity

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    Work previously conducted at MIT Touchlab in providing a blind person with a tactile image

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    Can the periphery of the neck be used as a dependable and isotropic sensory surface to transmit information such as directions, distances and forces?

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    Sprout is the story of your project, its process and evolution. It illustrates how the work's getting done.

    Building 20 working prototypes to take along on a road show

     

    What have you done to get ready (planning, research, visioning, etc.)?

    -Several prototypes with the requierd software and electronics have been built a presented to the gaming industry -A number of sceintific articles were written -3 demo videos demonstrating use of this device for navigation and immersion in a video auto-racing game (PlayStation GT5) have been made.

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    Bloom is a celebration of your end-product, a reflection back on your process and a look forward into the future.

    Give us some time. We're not in the bloom phase yet.