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Using tactile feedback add "touch" for datamining operations in nanotechnology, and metrological and geological data sets

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.

Using the Tactile sense where it surpasses the visual:

This is a special market area. Think of a large polished surface, with just a few corns of sand stuck to it. Even in broad daylight it is very difficult to assess if there are such imperfections, and if so how many. However by just passing ones fingers lightly over the surface we immediately "feel" a each single sand corn. Only then due we "zoom in" to look at it. Finding the "imperfections" is something our sense of touch is very good at, so we should use it. Application areas include, meteorological data, geological data and also nanosurfaces to find one atom in a million that sticks up.

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.

Several tactile motors can be mounted in a tactile pointing device to stimulate the operator's fingertips. In this way the fingers may simultaneously "feel" the metrological or geological data or the special atoms on a nanosurface, complementing the visual. Once located the normal visual techniques can be used for further study.

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