A new type of tactile, wearable augmented-reality display: a nail chip that allows users to feel various textures as they trace their fingers along smooth objects.

Novel tactile display.

Future applications of this technology will place a miniaturized control circuit and a battery on the back of the hand to enable a hands-free pointing device. The purpose of our research is to analyze the structure of human behavior. We also want to apply this technology to extend the capability of visually impaired people.

Hideyuki Ando
Information Physics and Computing(IPC), Graduate School of Information Science and Technology(IST), The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo
Bunkyo-ku Tokyo Japan 113-8656

Takeshi Miki
Masahiko Inami
Taro Maeda
Japan Science and Technology Corporation

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