Good Vibrations: Designing Effective Tactile Displays

Speaker: Lynette Jones , MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

Date: Monday, November 04, 2013

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Public: Yes

Location: 3-270

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Host: Domitilla Del Vecchio, MIT Mechancial Engineering

Contact: John J. Leonard, jleonard@csail.mit.edu

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Good Vibrations: Designing Effective Tactile Displays

Tactile displays have been developed for a number of purposes, including spatial orientation and
guidance, notifications and alerts, feedback on the success of control actions in human-computer
and human-robotic interactions and as sensory substitution devices for those with visual,
vestibular or hearing impairments.  They are employed in a number of application domains in
which other communication channels, such as vision or audition, are already heavily taxed or in which visual displays are inconvenient or less appropriate to use. In this seminar, I will give
an overview of our research on tactile and thermal displays, with a focus on the design and
implementation of vibrotactile display technologies. The advantages and limitations of using the sense of touch to support communication and coordination in human-machine systems will be
highlighted and the potential benefits of including tactile cues in multimodal interfaces will be discussed. One of the challenges in using tactile and thermal displays is in determining what type of information can be presented via the skin, what parameters of stimulation can be used to convey these messages effectively, and what tasks benefit from tactile and thermal cues.

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