A Wearable Tactile Input and Output Device for Non-Vision Based Interaction with Smartphones


More than a year ago I finished my bachelor thesis about wearable tactile displays. The aim was to assist visually impaired people in their mobile usage of a smartphone. Over the course of six month I developed a concept and a prototype for a tactile I/O device, embedded in a gauntlet-like piece of clothing.


Notifications from the smartphone, encoded as Braille-characters, are displayed as vibration patterns directly on the skin of the forearm.

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