Device's Informed Touch Can Tell You Where to Go

Watch this video to learn more about a Rice University-developed wearable, textile-based device that could help declutter, enhance, and, in the case of impairments, compensate for deficiencies in visual and auditory inputs by tapping the sense of touch.

“With a traditional control system using voltage and current, you’d typically need many electronic inputs to achieve complex haptic cues,” said Daniel Preston , an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Rice whose lab explores the intersection of energy, materials and fluids. “In this device, we’ve offloaded a lot of that complexity to the fluidic controller and require only a very limited number of electronic inputs to provide sophisticated haptic stimulation.”