In our recent trend report on wearables, Wearing IT: Trends expanding the wearable web, Dennis Draeger explores how wearables are optimising individuals. The most forward looking method that Dennis reported is Feeling the Data–using tactile feedback to interpret sounds, video, or even data feeds such as the stock market feed. The most mainstream example of this is the Apple Watch, specifically its Digital Touch, heartbeat sharing, and particularly navigation.
However, researchers are delving deeper than just communicating sentimentality or simple directions through haptics. David Eagleman and graduate student, Scott Novich, have launched the Kickstarter campaign, VEST: A Sensory Substitution Neuroscience Project, to help further their research of “expanding human perception into new data streams”. Click the link above to find out more.