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Hapticradar

The University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory focusses their research on sensory information and relevant technologies. The lab’s “Haptic Radar / Extended Skin Project” uses body mounted range sensors and small vibrating motors to alert the wearer of any approaching objects -

We are developing a wearable and modular device allowing users to perceive and respond to spatial information using haptic cues in an intuitive and unobstrusive way.The system is composed of an array of “optical-hair modules”, each of which senses range information and transduces it as an appropriate vibro-tactile cue on the skin directly beneath it. An analogy for our artificial sensory system in the animal world would be the cellular cilia, insect antennae, as well as the specialized sensory hairs of mammalian whiskers.

The Haptic Radar / Extended Skin Project

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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