Tactile 'Display' For Fingertips

A flexible tactile display small enough to wrap around your fingers like a band-aid has been developed by Korean and US researchers. This device is an improvement over current rigid devices.

(Flexible Tactile Display)

The device is described in an upcoming issue of IEEE Transactions on Robotics; authors Ig Mo Koo and Hyouk Ryeoi Choi explain the reasoning behind the development of the new device.

“The big advantage of a wearable tactile display compared to a normal tactile display is flexibility,” Koo stated. “When you apply a normal device to a non-flat surface like human skin, it is impossible to stimulate the whole skin through its shape. In the case of a wearable tactile display, however, it can be applicable to many kinds of surfaces without the limitation of stimulus area because of its flexibility.”

The researchers hope to eventually develop tele-feeling transfer systems and glove-type tactile display devices. I'm wondering if it can be used in applications like the Forehead Retina System.

Right now I'm treating this as a "Beyond Technovelgy" story; I can't think of an sfnal precursor to the idea of a tactile display. There must be one - readers?

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