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NTX: A Haptic Human-Computer Interface

An investigation into the future of how humans communicate with computers via a wearable device which sends information to the user via accurate vibrations on the skin.
March 2020
Research
Teamwork
Technology
Electronics
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Our wearable 3-node vibrotactile prototype and associated tactile language

After extensive research on technology trends, my team and I created a new human-computer interface that would remove the need for a screen. To prove the efficacy of this technology, we created the above prototype and associated vibrotactile language to translate numbers into vibrations felt on the skin. With a bit of practice with our gamified learning experience, anyone can learn to tell the time through their skin. This was demonstrated live during our presentation, earning us the highest marks of the year. 

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Looks-like prototype wearable render

I headed the looks-like prototype design, from sketching to silicone moulding and 3D printing. This was a futuristic take on how humans might incorporate semi-permanent wearables in their daily lives, thus I developed a 'second skin' to house our new vibrotactile wearable device. I also led the electronics hardware for the work-like prototype, building a long-term use version to investigate how users would adjust to the new interface after extended periods of use. 

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Looks-like prototype in real life

Looks-like prototype in real life

Works-like prototype that I built

Experiments with electrotactile stimulation in collaboration with the BioEngineering department

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Final exhibition with working learning interface, anyone would sit for 15 minutes and learn how to 'feel' numbers through their skin!