Wednesday December 30, 2015

A Sonar Glove That Can Detect And Feel Unseen Objects Underwater

Researchers have built a 3D printed haptic feedback glove that uses echolocation to detect underwater objects. The glove design is also available as a DIY kit.

A haptic sonar glove developed by Ph.D. candidates Aisen Carolina Chacin and Takeshi Ozu of the Empowerment Informatics program at Tsukuba University in Japan allows wearers to "feel" objects that are just out of reach in underwater settings. In situations where there’s limited visibility, like flooded streets in an emergency, gloves like these could prove especially useful.