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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Presentations from Teng, Sei Ping, Luis and Davide9th July 2012
Today, Teng, Sei Ping, Luis and Davide all presented their research as part of the ESS group's student seminar series.
Teng presented his research on interoperability in wireless sensor networks, Sei Ping on intelligent adaptive street lighting, Luis on machine learning for adaptive power management, and Davide on energy-aware algorithms for wireless sensor networks.
All received a lot of useful questions and feedback on their research, and it was a useful exercise in finding out more abou... [more]
Workshop Event Showcases our Energy Harvesting Research11th February 2013
Our project on 'Holistic Energy Harvseting' has now come to an end, and we held a workshop at Imperial College London on 11 February 2013 to showcase the project's demonstrators and research findings.
Attendees found out about the project's objectives and achievements, following by an interactive showcase of the project's demonstrators and research outputs. A particular emphasis of the event was giving attendees the opportunity to interact with the project's researchers and academics. In the ... [more]