Safety Critical Technology Design

Continuing on the topic of safety, we look at “Tangible Multimodal Interfaces for Safety Critical Applications” by P. Cohen and D. Mcghee on the topic of Safety-Critical applications [CoM04]. These researchers look at some of the challenges facing integration of multimodal systems in safety critical industries such as military and hospital use in the year…

Haptics: Designing Multimodal Interfaces

We’ve been talking about haptics, our sense of touch, and how it ties in with technology now and in the future. But so far we’ve taken these unique senses, heat, pressure and temperature individually. But we need another aspect to consider Multimodal interfaces. Each channel of reception or feedback is a modality, whether this is…

Fixing a logitech mouse nano unifying receiver

I’ve been having an issue with my m305 Logitech mouse cutting in and out. I would have to wiggle the receiver to just the right position… and if I was lucky it would work until the next day. It got frustrating to the point that I really couldn’t use the mouse. After a bit of…

Elitebook 900 review

The elitebook 900 by hewlett Packard I have a cheap laptop. Our main machine. Where I video edit. Where I play the games that I can. And where I work. Shared with my wife. She really needed a device of her own. For her needs. She wanted a tablet. Something to slip in a bag…

The windows phone in 2018

The windows phone! It wasn’t long ago that I became part of The 1% The elite. The unique. Windows phone users. Oh. I know. We’re late to the party Microsoft is quiet on the future of WP With no new hardware as of recent, and nothing but rumors to follow. Look. I was never attracted…

Haptics: Material Identification

Haptics. Our sense of touch. It’s how we interact with our world, and soon it might be part of the way we interact with virtual worlds. Think about this, our hand typically has a resting temperature between 25 and 36 degrees Celsius (That’s 77 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit). Usually warmer than the world around us. Because…

Nociception: The sense of pain

This is the last video on my intro to haptics series. In relation to haptics, it’s unlikely we will see pain anywhere in the near future. Yet it can have its useful uses. For example. light pinch to remind you of an important date.  Hope you learned something. Next up, who knows. Maybe one of…

High Quality Pixels Explained (Joke post)

Recently Microsoft announced project scorpio, making the claim of the use of high quality pixels. Techno-babble that doesn’t mean much of anything and has been poked fun at for the last few days. This is my quick take on explaining “high quality pixels”.   With all the hype about high and low quality pixels, I…

Haptics, Senses of Touch – Part 2: Thermoception

  Temperature Part two of my intro to haptics and the senses of temperature. Check out the video, or read below to learn more. Let’s take a look at the sense of temperature. Temperature is of particular interest as it can be used in order to intensify perception of other variables of touch.  For example,…

Intro into Haptics – The True Sense of Touch

working on another series of videos:   Haptics: Understanding the Senses of Touch From mobile phones, video game consoles and personal computers, users are interacting with a multitude of interactive technologies on a daily basis. Interaction through touch is what we call haptics. Most of us likely have used haptic technology through vibrotactile feedback. The…