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Tactual displays for wearable computing

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2 Author(s)
Tan, H.Z. ; Media Lab., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Pentland, A.

This paper provides a general overview of tactual displays (i.e., devices that communicate to a user through the sense of touch) and issues concerning the development of such displays for wearable computing. A wearable tactile directional display is presented. It takes advantage of a sensory phenomenon called "sensory saltation" and simulates directional lines and simple geometric patterns dynamically. Initial results indicate that this information is intuitive and easy to interpret even for first-time users, and interpretations are highly consistent among observers. Several applications of this tactile directional display for wearable computing are proposed.

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Wearable Computers, 1997. Digest of Papers., First International Symposium on

Date of Conference:

13-14 Oct. 1997