SmartFingerBraille: A Tactile Sensing and Actuation Based Communication Glove for Deafblind People

Ozioko, O., Taube, W., Hersh, M. and Dahiya, R. (2017) SmartFingerBraille: A Tactile Sensing and Actuation Based Communication Glove for Deafblind People. In: 2017 IEEE 26th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, Edinburgh, UK, 19-21 Jun 2017, pp. 2014-2018. ISBN 9781509014125 (doi:10.1109/ISIE.2017.8001563)

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Abstract

This paper presents a smart tactile sensing and actuation-based finger-glove to be used by visual and hearing impaired people for communication and learning. It is based on the concept of finger Braille and supports both face-to-face and distant communication. The device comprises of a smart finger-glove worn on both hands in the ring, middle and index finger and communicates with mobile devices using Bluetooth technology. Six tactile sensors and actuators each were used and a pair embedded in the glove in the ring, middle, and index fingers of both hands to represent the six dots of the Braille code. The user wears the smart finger-glove and taps the correct finger combination corresponding to the Braille code on any surface to compose and send messages to mobile devices or other gloves. Messages can equally be received with the glove from a mobile device in the form of vibrations on the fingers corresponding to the Braille codes. The facile and low-cost nature of the device will make it attractive to Braille users and makes learning Braille an entertainment activity and could spur the interest of sighted people also to learn Braille.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ozioko, Mr Oliver and Dahiya, Professor Ravinder and Navaraj, Mr William and Hersh, Dr Marion
Authors: Ozioko, O., Taube, W., Hersh, M., and Dahiya, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
ISSN:2163-5145
ISBN:9781509014125
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 IEEE
First Published:First published in 2017 IEEE 26th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics: 2014-2018
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
663861Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Printed Tactile SKINRavinder DahiyaEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/M002527/1ENG - ENGINEERING ELECTRONICS & NANO ENG