The skin is the body's largest organ, but for electronic communication only a tiny fraction of that sensing capacity is used (the "vibrate" function on your phone is an example). With garment-integrated tactile displays, we have the potential for much more complicated communication through the sense of touch. However, this area is uncharted: how might we send and receive messages or communicate information through the sense of touch? We are exploring many questions related to tactile display, including the use of tactile display to transmit specific kinds of semantic information (such as glucose levels for Type 1 Diabetics), spatial information (tactile communication of the spatial layout of a room for firefighters navigating through dark and smoke), and non-traditional tactile modalities such as electrotactile display.
Carton, Anthony, and Lucy E. Dunne. "Tactile distance feedback for firefighters: design and preliminary evaluation of a sensory augmentation glove." In Proceedings of the 4th Augmented Human International Conference, pp. 58-64. ACM, 2013.
Reich, Jordyn, and Lucy E. Dunne. "Multi-modal wearable ambient display: an investigation of continuous glucose monitoring." In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, pp. 24-27. ACM, 2016
Toney, Aaron, Lucy Dunne, Bruce H. Thomas, and Susan P. Ashdown. "A Shoulder Pad Insert Vibrotactile Display." In Proceedings of the 7th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers, pp. 35-44. IEEE Computer Society, 2003
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