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The Information Capacity of the Human Fingertip

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Kokjer, K.J. ; Department of Electrical Engineering and Biophysics, Institute of Arctic Biology and Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 99701, USA

An order-of-magnitude upper bound is placed on the information channel capacity for vibrotactile stimulation of human fingertips. Results are presented which suggest an order-of-magnitude limit of 100 bit/s. This limit is compared to previously published figures for similar limits in the human ear and eye, showing a progression of 102: 104: 106, respectively.

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan. 1987

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