NASA to develop haptic air-typing spacesuit gloves

This is a great article from The Register outlining a very cool technology being considered by NASA through it’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative:

“According to Barron’s Richard Adams, the plan would be to build “a small vibrating element” into spacesuit gloves “to create a surrogate for the tactile sense lost behind the insulating and protective layers”.

“Combined with a projection display on the helmet visor, this might allow a suited-up space ace to type away on a virtual keyboard hanging in the air in front of him or her – and feel the keystrokes.”

This technology would be easily applicable on Earth. “It just might be that we’ll all find ourselves in future pulling on a set of air-typing gloves and flipping down our vid-specs rather than sitting down and balancing our laptops on our knees or fondling away at our tablets.”

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/26/spacesuit_glove_haptic_motion_sensing/

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  1. Pingback: GM, NASA Jointly Developing Robotic Gloves for Human Use « Go4EVA

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