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Provide haptic feedback with metawear and a coin vibrating motor

Pancake motors are compact and convenient to use. They integrate into many designs, because they have no external moving parts, and just can be affixed in place with the adhesive sticker on the back of it. The required voltage for the MetaWear vibration motor is usually about 3V (60mA) and the motor will shake with vigor once it is powered.

 

(Source: http://projects.mbientlab.com/metawear-and-coin-vibrating-motor/)

 

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The vibrating motor that comes with the MetaWear Kit allows anyone to add haptic feedback to their product, it's easy to connect them together.

 

This coin vibrating motor, also known as a shaftless or pancake vibrator motor, is 10mm in diameter (and 2.7mm thick) and weights 0.9 grams. Due to their small size and enclosed vibration mechanism, coin vibrating motors are just a popular choice for a lot of different applications by the designers.

 


 

Wearable tech becoming a bigger focus

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There is very little doubt that wearable tech is only getting more popular all over the world. What is a relatively new revelation is that the market is moving from something from the enterprise world.

 

A research report put out by industry analyst such 451 research found that 39 percent of U.S. IT decision-makers at companies that plan to use or are using wearable tech.

 

Smartwatches such as the Apple Watch are just going to be the biggest beneficiaries plan. Of those all companies that are just going to be launching wearable device support as a company policy, 81 percent will be using smart watches to do it.

 

(Source: http://www.wearabletechworld.com)

 


Low Cost Millimeter Sensors can provide Haptic Feedback for Robotic Surgery

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Minimally invasive surgery is becoming more popular. A surgeon uses video game like controls to manipulate robotic arms with long tools on them. These surgical robotic systems do not provide haptic feedback. This can result in accidents that cause bleeding or broken sutures.

 

Robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery (RMIS) holds great promise for improving the accuracy and dexterity of a surgeon while minimizing trauma to the patient. Even greater widespread clinical success would be possible if there was not the lack of haptic (force and tactile) feedback for the surgeon.

 

(Source: http://www.nextbigfuture.com)

 


Apple watch: apple's first wearable device and smartwatch

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Apple’s highly anticipated entry into the world of wearable technology is the apple watch, CEO Tim Cook announced on tuesday.

The apple watch will monitor health and fitness, tracking the wearer’s movement, heartrate and activity with all the built-in sensors, feeding the information into Apple’s Health app for the iPhone and iPad and allowing review and analysis of the data.


“This is the most personal device we’ve ever created,” said Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook. “We’ve set up to make the best watch in the world. One that is precise. It’s synced with a universal time standard.” Apple company joins Samsung, Motorola and Sony with smartwatch that measures health and activity data.

 

(Source: http://www.theguardian.com/)

 


New tactile display sends information through skin instead of eyes

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Your sense of touch could be the next frontier in relaying valuable context -ual information if the new research currently being conducted at MIT proves successful. Researchers believe it may be possible to design wearable arrays of GPS-enabled vibration motors that provide simple navigational cues or detailed data through a kind of tactile Morse code. This could lead to non-visual haptic display technic

- why not check your email without even opening your eyes? While all skin is capable of detecting tactile inter -actions, not all of it is equally sensitive. Just like screen resolution for the visual data, the larger the array of vibration motors, the more detailed the haptic data stream can be.

 

To determine how well people can identify touch input, Jones has designed and built a pair of wearable devices. The first consists

of eight accelerometers tied into a pancake vibration motor of the same sort used in cell phones. This allowed researchers to gauge how far vibrations propagate through skin. They found that the vibration was not detectable 8mm from the motor.

 

(Source: http://www.extremetech.com/)

 


Fundawear: Arduino finds its way into your underwear

keywords: durex, vibrating underwear, app-controlled vibrations

 

The vibrating underwear announced by condom-maker Durex has clearly touched a sensitive nerve around the world judging by the number of stories about the remotely-control masturbation undies that have flashed up on major media websites. But what s actually inside the underpants and bra that are designed to let you deliver app-controlled vibrations to your partner's hot private regions even when you are not there?

 

The microcontroller deals with what are five small piezo vibration elements sown into each of the garments and powered just by a standard 9-volt battery. So Yates' conclusion is that Fundawear is basically series of piezo vibration elements driven regular by an Arduino-class microcontroller board over a Wi-Fi network connection and controlled by an iPhone over the web.

 

As for the garments themselves the circuit board and battery are located in an enclosed rear panel of the underwear covered by Neoprene layer to supposedly reduce the discomfort with the piezo elements discretely located elsewhere. Intrigued by the use of Arduino our chief reviewer and Arduino expert Darren Yates popped out of the labs to have a chat to Morgan. The microcontroller deals with what are five small piezo vibration elements sown into each of the garments and powered by a standard 9-volt battery. When Yates questioned Morgan about the battery life Morgan said they've had it lasting up to a week although the usage rate wasn't clear.

 

(Source: http://www.apcmag.com)

 

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