Communicating through touch

Macro fiber composites for tactile stimulation on the abdomen

Paul Phamduy, John Ross Rizzo, Todd Hudson, Marina Torre, Kalle Levon, Maurizio Porfiri

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Abstract

Research into sensory substitution systems has expanded, as alternative senses are utilized in real-time to afford object recognition or spatial understanding. Tactile stimulation has long shown promise as a communicatory output when applied unobtrusively to the redundant surface areas of the skin. Here, a novel belt, integrating a matrix of macro fiber composites, is purposed to deliver tactile stimuli to the abdomen. The design and development of the belt is presented and a systematic experimental study is conducted to analyze the impact of frequency and duty cycle. The belt is a beta precursor to a soft haptic feedback device that will enable situational awareness and obstacle avoidance through the localization of tactile stimulation relative to a body-centric frame of reference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIEEE Transactions on Haptics
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 13 2017

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Fibers
Composite materials
Object recognition
Collision avoidance
Skin
Substitution reactions
Feedback

Keywords

  • Abdomen
  • abdomen
  • Actuators
  • Belts
  • macro fiber composites
  • Optical fiber communication
  • Optical fiber devices
  • Tactile stimulation
  • Testing
  • Vibrations
  • vibrotactile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications

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Communicating through touch : Macro fiber composites for tactile stimulation on the abdomen. / Phamduy, Paul; Rizzo, John Ross; Hudson, Todd; Torre, Marina; Levon, Kalle; Porfiri, Maurizio.

In: IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 13.12.2017.

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Phamduy, Paul ; Rizzo, John Ross ; Hudson, Todd ; Torre, Marina ; Levon, Kalle ; Porfiri, Maurizio. / Communicating through touch : Macro fiber composites for tactile stimulation on the abdomen. In: IEEE Transactions on Haptics. 2017.
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