Tactual displays for wearable computing

Hong Z. Tan, Alex Pentland


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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