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Trying out the Microsoft Hololens.
It was a stimulating conference this year, and our lab was very busy! We contributed papers on dimensionality reduction for touch and on the information capacity of haptic working memory (respectively runner up and a finalist the Best Paper category), two work-in-progress papers, one on a wearable tactile amplification device and another on soft tactile sensor arrays (the former receiving a Best Paper Award), a paper on friction in the IEEE Transactions on Haptics session, a hands-on demonstration of our soft tactile sensors, and a workshop providing a hands-on introduction to haptic media design.
Our new PNAS paper sheds light on the surprisingly rich structure in signals felt by the hand when touching, grasping, or manipulating objects. This work was featured on the UCSB front page, currently at: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/. Read more here: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2016/016592/sensitive-subject
Y. Shao, V. Hayward, Y. Visell, Spatial Patterns of Cutaneous Vibration During Whole-Hand Haptic Interactions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016.
(Our building, Elings Hall/CNSI, is one of the first ones visible...)
Professor Yon Visell has received a Google Faculty Research Award, in support of RE Touch Lab research on wearable technologies for haptics, robotics, and virtual reality.
Prof. Visell is part of the organizing committee for IEEE Haptics Symposium, the premier US-based conference on Haptics. The conference will take place in Philadelphia this year. Much in store for this year's event, and we are looking forward to seeing you there!
An exquisitely sensitive receptor for transient or fluctuating mechanical signals, we have thousands of pacinian corpuscles in each limb. Figure by R. T. Verillo reproduced in Bell et al., Prog. Neurobiol. 42, 1994.
Super soft and super sensitive. From an undergraduate engineering design group working in our former lab at Drexel University (B Fernandes, I Wynyard, R Aluise, Q Kahn, S MacLean).
During his recent visit to Drexel, Roboticist extraordinaire Dylan Shell (Texas A&M) lends a critical eye to some wayward apparatus in the robotics lab -- this following his well received talk on task allocation in multi-robot systems.
Dr. Visell will be giving a talk on December 5 in the noon colloquium series at the Penn Institute for Research in Cognitive Science. Details here! IRCS has an especially distinguished roster of faculty, so we'll do our best to step up to the plate. Here is the abstract:
A longstanding goal of engineering research has been to realize technologies that can reflect the remarkable prehensile, sensory, and behavioral capabilities of biological systems for touch, including the human hand. This objective remains far from reality, due in part to the difficulty of specifying, electronically capturing, and reproducing touch stimuli. These difficulties can be traced to their high dimensionality, to the multiple length and time scales they span, to their dependence on motor behavior and on contact mechanical interactions with the environment. I will describe research aimed at quantifying and overcoming these challenges, and how we are using the results to develop new technologies for haptic display, sensing, and robotics.