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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IEEE Sensors Journal Paper Among 25 Most Downloaded6th August 2012
Today we were notified that our paper 'Modeling of Wireless Sensor Nodes Powered by Tunable
Energy Harvesters: HDL-Based Approach' (a copy can also be downloaded from our institutional ePrints repository) is one of the 25 most downloaded Sensors Journal papers in the month of June 2012. Included in this ranking are all Sensors Journal papers published since its foundation, about 1000 papers in total.
The paper is a result of work done at Southampton as part of the Holistic Energy Harvesting ... [more]
I Cross the 50-Publications Mark!8th May 2013
The number of papers I have published has now crossed the '50' mark!My first paper was published in 2004, as a result of my undergraduate dissertation project, supervised by Prof. Bashir Al-Hashimi. Since then, my publications have continued, and escalated in recent years - largely thanks to the excellent team of researchers that I have working on projects with me.Next stop: 100!