Touchable: Adapting a Haptic Feedback Glove for Use in Rehabilitation Contexts

Jacques Foottit, Masters of Creative Technologies (2016)
Iterative design of a wearable motion sensing device with vibration output that can be worn by a person with limited hand mobility.

People Involved:
Jacques Foottit – MCT researcher
Stefan Marks – Primary Supervisor
Frances Joseph – Secondary Supervisor

With the increasing miniaturisation of computing and sensor technology, it is becoming common for electronics of all kinds to be integrated into clothing and other wearable items. Motion sensing technologies in particular have been used for a variety ofconsumer fitness and virtual reality applications for able-bodied people. This researchexplores the potential for affordable motion capture and haptic feedback technologies to be utilised in a rehabilitation context, with a specific focus on the hand. An iterative development process was used to adapt and improve an existing prototypehaptic feedback glove in response to the unique challenges facing wearable deviceusers in a rehabilitation context. Collaboration with physiotherapists provided valuable feedback throughout the design process. The result is a significantly different prototype device with major design improvements, and insights into how iterative development processes can be utilised for hardware development.

Wearable technology, haptic feedback, rehabilitation, agile

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