Kavandatav projekt on seotud keha-keskse kantava tehnoloogiavaldkonnaga ja selle eesmärk on luua uudseid suhtlusviise, kasutades inimese keha puutetundlikke meeli. Projektis kavandatakse arendada kantavaid kasutajaliideseid ja nende infrastruktuuri.
The proposed project is directly related to body-centric wearable technology domain and aims at creating novel ways of communication using tactile senses of a human body. This project consists of a team effort of two PhD students of HCI department and consists of two main parts: 1. designing and building wearable interfaces; 2. developing infrastructure to connect these interfaces. The first part of the project aims at exploring new ways of communicating, using tactile senses. The research aims to achieve this goal by exploring mediated touch, enabled by vibro-tactile displays to elicit various perceptions (pleasantness, anger, arousal, etc.). The project is planned to be carried out in cooperation with psychology expert as well as in partnership with experts in haptics. To achieve the aim of the research a number of prototypes should be designed and built with help of which a number of controlled experiments can be performed. The designed interfaces can be reused through time for various experiments, demonstrations and user evaluations. The second part of the project aims at designing and developing an infrastructure which would enable the communication among vibro-tactile interfaces (VTI). The infrastructure is the network around the body which can be placed either in person’s clothes or implanted under the skin. The infrastructure has 3 layers: the VTI, a central hub and backend server. To achieve the aim of the project number of hardware prototypes needs to be design and developed. On top of the hardware, a software platform needs to be developed which would include a set of patterns for communication between VTIs and a repository for vendor specific modules.