Saturday August 30, 2014

Haptic Feedback Gloves Teach Typing

Paging Mavis Beacon. An enterprising dad made some gloves using motors, transistors, and an Arduino Nano board to develop muscle memory and improve his son's touch typing. I prefer 'The Typing of the Dead' myself.

Far more difficult was convincing my son to practice with the new gizmo. He would do it for a while, and he reported that spending a few minutes getting his fingers vibrated indeed helped him to get the sequence of keystrokes right. But he was more inclined to play with the slider, trying to challenge himself to keep up with rapid-fire bursts of letters. Clearly, I had missed a critical concept in modern pedagogy: gamification.

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