Engineering Minute

Engineering Minute – Haptic Armband Simulates Human Touch

A professor at University of Southern California's Department of Computer Science has developed a wearable armband that mimics human touch. The wearable device is fitted with speaker actuators, that rise and fall in a specific timed pattern, creating a "haptic illusion". The haptic armband is controlled by an algorithm, moving the speakers one at a time to simulate the feeling of continual movement. The technology has many potential applications from automotive to social situations, where research has shown touch can decrease depression and reduce stress. Learn more about the haptic armband at University of Southern California.

HEATHER CULBERTSON, AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, WEARS THE HAPTIC SLEEVE