I Provide 'Expert Advice' on Haptic Technology8th October 2013
This morning I was contacted by a journalist from 'The Engineer' magazine, who was writing a piece about research at Bristol University on the use of ultrasound as a tactile technology. The technology, which I saw demonstrated at a conference a few years ago, uses inaudible ultrasound waves to give the sensation of touch to the fingertips, and by using an array of transducers, can target the sensation at particular locations. My comments on the technology included:
Article on 'The Engineer'
"'Touchless haptics is probably the Holy Grail,' said Dr Geoff Merrett of Southampton University, who was not involved in the research but has experience developing haptic technology. 'If you look towards games consoles, everything is going away from holding things.'"
"Southampton University's Geoff Merrett has developed haptic technology for medical rehabilitation devices for stroke patients and said the UltraHaptics system could have applications in this area. 'The more realistic you can make a sense the better. The fact that you don't need to wear things would be a massive benefit for a stroke patient because often putting something on the hand is the biggest problem. Their hand tends to seize up and so to get the kind of devices we were looking at onto the fingers was quite difficult. That could be a problem in this situation because you can't stimulate the fingertip with the ultrasound system unless it can see the fingertip. But I think as we move towards less contact devices the better [it will be].'"
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I Visit our Malaysian Campus to Help with Admissions28th August 2013
I have just returned from a week's visit to the University of Southampton's campus in Malaysia (USMC). The campus is part of EduCity@Iskandar Nusjaya, just a few minutes across the bridge from Singapore. I am the Senior Admissions Tutor for the EEE degree at USMC (and in the UK), and so this was a fantastic opportunity for me to find out more about the admissions process in Malaysia
During the visit, I helped with one of their Open Days, receiving many interested applicants to the campus for ... [more]
Seminar Given at CENS, UCLA30th July 2008
I have spent a couple of days in the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the USA. It's been very interesting, and great to see the place where so much excellent WSN research is being done.
During the visit, Professor Neil White and I gave a seminar to CENS researchers on 'Energy Aware Remote Sensing', reflecting on the work that is being undertaken by researchers within the Electronic Systems and Devices (ESD) group and the Perv... [more]