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
-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
Work previously conducted at MIT Touchlab in providing a blind person with a tactile image
Can the periphery of the neck be used as a dependable and isotropic sensory surface to transmit information such as directions, distances and forces?
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.
Give us some time. We're not in the bloom phase yet.