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Using tactile feedback for the visually impaired and handicapped (Mouse RSI sufferers) market

Tactile technology, what is it?

Walking in the park with your girlfriend and you squeeze her hand, and she squeezes back that is tactile feedback.

At Laval Virtual 2004 many users expressed surprise and enthusiasm over the added tactile information provided by the MUVII Interactive Theatre and Kiosk Devices. This new communication channel opens up five basic areas for exploitation.

1) Helping handicapped and visually impaired PC users:
Imagine a tactile pointing device (mouse) where the users physically "feel" the edges of a window as it is crossed. Or a distinct tactile motion pattern for the "hour glass cursor" and other "buttons" as they navigate over the screen. Ordinary users and those suffering from RSI would "feel" this cursor shape changes and use a reflex action to push the button.

We have constructed and patented a small device that converts electrical signals to small movements that can be felt. This device is referred to as a tactile motor; it has a small active surface about the size of a fingertip.

In a tactile mouse one or more tactile motors are mounted in the buttons where finger tip(s) normally are placed. In this way the fingers simultaneously "feel" the screen information as the cursor is moved over the screen.

We have a working software application that connects the operating system cursor events to a set of user configurable tactile motion patterns. Thus tactile communication can be instantly available without any modification to existing or new software.

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