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Organic actuators as a tool for understanding the tactile sense: toward virtual medical touch

Project description

Haptic technology for virtual medical touch

Haptic technology exploits the sense of touch to control virtual objects, machines and electronic devices. Implementation of this technology in biomedical devices would significantly benefit a range of clinical diagnostic and surgical procedures. However, existing haptic actuators cannot recapitulate the action of biological structures. To this end, scientists of the EU-funded Rachel project will test a range of organic materials for their capacity to provide realistic tactile cues upon stimulation. They will also investigate many aspects related to the perception of touch including the underlying physical and cognitive mechanisms. Apart from fundamental knowledge, the new actuators will open the door towards improved haptic technologies in healthcare and wearable devices employed in physical and cognitive therapy.

Coordinator

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Net EU contribution
€ 269 998,08
Address
Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Israel

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Franklin Street 1111 12 Floor
94607 Oakland Ca

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 177 265,92