Haptic Feedback from a Wearable Glove can speed up musical instrument learning and other manual skills
Repeated buzzing from the glove creates a muscle memory that enables a wearer to learn to play a song with far less practice than it would take without haptic stimulation. They have also studied the glove’s effect on people with spinal cord injuries and found that it can help them regain some sensation and dexterity in their hands. The researchers are now beginning experiments to test whether haptic gloves can teach braille typing and stenography—evidence that the technology could impart not just patterns but also language.
They ported SMARTSign to Google Glass. Throughout the day, the user gets notifications of available micro lessons. When users have a spare minute they can find a video of a sign in their timeline on Glass. After the short video plays, the user is asked to select the equivalent concept in English from a multiple-choice test. Depending on how the user performs, that sign will be replayed more or less often in the future rotation of videos, until the user demonstrates familiarity with the sign. If they have more time, users can ask for more sign videos.
A person can learn 10 new signs while waiting in line to board an airplane. By using Glass to lower the barrier for parents learning sign, they hope to help deaf children acquire language skills by having their language more accessible to them in their homes.