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Electromagnetic Actuator for Tactile Communication

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Fingerspelling is a tactile code that enables linguistic communication with people who are Deafblind. We describe and undertake initial testing of a crucial component of a device that is designed to perform tactile fingerspelling with the speed and the clarity approaching that of a human signer. The component in question is a tactile actuator, which is based on a conventional electromagnetic motor, but which is carefully configured to meet the requirements of communication by tactile spelling. The actuator is intended to be easy to manufacture, reliable, inexpensive, to be made in many variants and to be safe to use.


  • Fingerspelling
  • Tactile displays
  • Actuators

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The research reported herein is a component of a larger project which was, and is generously supported by three consecutive Google Faculty Awards to V.H. and S.T (“Tactile Communicator for Use by The Deafblind; Software Layers for Deafblind Tactile Communication; Hand-to-Hand Remote Deafblind Tactile Communication”). B.D. was awarded a post-graduate fellowship by the project SMART of the Faculté des Sciences de Sorbonne Université.

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Duvernoy, B., Farkhatdinov, I., Topp, S., Hayward, V. (2018). Electromagnetic Actuator for Tactile Communication. In: Prattichizzo, D., Shinoda, H., Tan, H., Ruffaldi, E., Frisoli, A. (eds) Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications. EuroHaptics 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 10894. Springer, Cham.

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