Smart tactile gloves for haptic interaction, communication and rehabilitation

Ozioko, O. and Dahiya, R. (2021) Smart tactile gloves for haptic interaction, communication and rehabilitation. Advanced Intelligent Systems, (doi: 10.1002/aisy.202100091) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Wearable human machine interfaces (HMI) such as smart gloves have attracted considerable interest in recent years. The quality of the interactive experience with the real and virtual world using wearable HMI technologies depends on the intuitive two-way haptic interfaces they offer and the real-time touch-based information they send and receive. Herein, various smart glove solutions and their application in interaction, rehabilitation, virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tasks are reviewed. While the early variants of such systems were based on commercial touch sensors and displays integrated (e.g., stitched) on wearables, electronic skin (e-skin)-type technologies with multifunctional capabilities are being explored nowadays for rich user experience and comfort. In this regard, instead of using separate touch sensors and actuators, miniaturized integrated devices providing both touch sensing and vibrotactile actuation have also been reported recently. Such advances, the associated challenges, and the advantages they offer for users to enjoy the full characteristic benefits of VR/ARs for interaction, immersion, and imagination are discussed. Finally, the huge potential the smart-glove-type solutions hold for advances in various application areas such as robotics, health care, sensorial augmentation for nondisabled and tactile Internet is also discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dahiya, Professor Ravinder and Ozioko, Mr Oliver
Authors: Ozioko, O., and Dahiya, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Advanced Intelligent Systems
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:2640-4567
ISSN (Online):2640-4567
Published Online:12 September 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Advanced Intelligent Systems 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
301728Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Printed Tactile SKINRavinder DahiyaEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R029644/1ENG - Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering
304237Predictive Haptic COding Devices In Next Generation interfacesRavinder DahiyaEuropean Commission (EC)829186ENG - Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering