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FingerSight: A Vibrotactile Wearable Ring for Assistance with Locating and Reaching Objects in Peripersonal Space.

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This paper describes a prototype guidance system, "FingerSight," to help people without vision locate and reach to objects in peripersonal space. It consists of four evenly spaced tactors embedded into a ring worn on the index finger, with a small camera mounted on top. Computer-vision analysis of the camera image controls vibrotactile feedback, leading users to move their hand to near targets. Two experiments tested the functionality of the prototype system. The first found that participants could discriminate between five different vibrotactile sites (four individual tactors and all simultaneously) with a mean accuracy of 88.8% after initial training. In the second experiment, participants were blindfolded and instructed to move their hand wearing the device to one of four locations within arm's reach, while hand trajectories were tracked. The tactors were controlled using two different strategies: (1) repeatedly signal axis with largest error, and (2) signal both axes in alternation. Participants demonstrated essentially straight-line trajectories toward the target under both instructions, but the temporal parameters (rate of approach, duration) showed an advantage for correction on both axes in sequence.

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Name: IEEE transactions on haptics
ISSN: 2329-4051
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