28 Jul '16, 9am

Subtlety is not always the answer for haptic feedback: MIT has discovered haptic feedback can be too subtle i...

Subtlety is not always the answer for haptic feedback: MIT has discovered haptic feedback can be too subtle i...

In particular, the team was finding ways to help astronauts step over things in their bulky space suits – which have big boots and poor downward visibility. The idea is to have sensors in the boot as well as vibration motors to relay back processed sense data in a way that non-expert users can understand. Researcher Alison Gibson spaced six vibration motors around the feet of volunteers – one each at the heel, big toe, and instep, and three motors along the outer edge of the foot. Vibration intensity was continuously variable. A computer programme asked subjects to indicate when they felt vibrations and at what locations on the foot under two sets of conditions – while they concentrated on their feet, and while they ran thought a distracting cognitive test. Over 500 vibration stimuli were presented all-told to each subject. Haptic feedback findings are that: When distracte...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/research-news/hapti...

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