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Cross-cutting Challenges - Theme 1: Interactive Discussions
Cross-cutting Challenges
California East
Visionary Requirements for Wearable Haptics: What Far-Out Applications Will Need from Materials and Textiles Science
Karon E. MacLean
(University of British Columbia, Canada)
Abstract: While haptics conferences today feature “wearable” as a submission keyword, what we see in terms of hardware is generally a mix of mechanisms designed for wearing, and familiar vibrotactile displays arrayed in creative arrangements. Meanwhile, in other scientific realms, smart materials are on their way: polymers and fabrics with varied “superpowers”. These materials are or will be able (in various combinations) to sense shear, pressure, stretch, bending and proximity, and display vibration, shape, and heat; while being stretchy, transparent and potentially inexpensive. While the potential is there, the design space is large and the optimization laborious. These scientists welcome application input to focus their efforts on high-value applications. What do we need? This interactive discussion will focus on brainstorming around 3-10- year-out sensing and display needs for flexible haptically active materials, for wearable and “situated” (in the world, e.g. wrapped over objects and manual controls) applications. Collaborating materials scientists may be able to participate remotely.

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Time stamp: 2019-03-22T00:50:21+01:00