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IE “science of touch” Wachs/Duerstock research featured in New Scientist

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The system is multi-modal and has haptic, vibration and sound feedback. The hand-held devices generate haptic feedback . Circular devices attached to the back of the hands are called “tactors”€ and give vibration feedback.
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IE grad student Ting Zhang (Wachs & Duerstock Labs) researches haptic devices
New Scientist magazine reports on haptics research done by IE Associate Professors Juan Wachs and Brad Duerstock.

The New Scientist article "Blind people 'see' microscope images using touch-feedback device" begins:

How do you study a blood cell if you can’t see it? You feel it, using a device that translates scientific data into tactile information.

“We want to help people that are blind or visually impaired and studying science,” says Ting Zhang at Purdue University in Indiana. [The two labs have co-developed] a system that uses a haptic device – an interface that gives you feedback you can touch or physically feel – to let people interpret visual information using their hands.

Zhang is co-advised by Wachs and Duerstock, and is part of both Wach's ISAT lab and Duerstock's IAS lab.


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