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A tactile communication system for navigation

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dc.contributor.advisor Lynette A. Jones. en_US Piateski, Erin M en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US 2006-03-29T18:36:16Z 2006-03-29T18:36:16Z 2005 en_US 2005 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2005. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 42-43). en_US
dc.description.abstract A vibrotactile display for use in navigation has been designed and evaluated. The arm and the torso, which offer relatively large and flat surface areas, were chosen as locations for the displays. The ability of subjects to identify patterns of vibrotactile stimulation on the arm and torso was tested in a series of experiments using the vibrotactile displays. A variety of patterns of stimulation was evaluated to determine which was most effective, and the efficacy of two types of motors (pancake and cylindrical) was compared. The arm display was tested with sedentary subjects in the laboratory, and the torso display was tested both in the laboratory with sedentary subjects and outdoors with active subjects. The results indicated that identification of the vibrotactile patterns was superior on the torso as compared to the forearm, with subjects achieving 99-100% accuracy with seven of the eight patterns presented. The torso display was equally effective for both sedentary and active subjects. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Erin M. Piateski. en_US
dc.format.extent 51 leaves en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title A tactile communication system for navigation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 61493428 en_US

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