These Gloves Can Teach You to Play the Piano. And Maybe Heal Your Brain #WearableWednesday
Using passive haptic learning these gloves send signals to the fingers that teach the wearer new skills. Thad Starner and Caitlyn Seim have been working on the tech for a while but recently they have been pushing the boundaries of what the gloves can teach. You can watch the episode of Superhuman over at Freethink. As an added Easter egg you can see Seim wiring up an Adafruit L3GD20H Triple-Axis Gyro Breakout Board
Georgia Tech researchers Thad Starner and Caitlyn Seim have developed a pair of gloves with seemingly magical powers. They can teach someone to play the piano in an hour. They’ve taught blind people to read braille in four hours, a process that usually takes up to four months. The gloves work through a process called passive haptic learning. Basically they vibrate in ways that stimulate the correct movement in the user’s hands. While the applications have been impressive so far, Thad and Caitlyn believe we’re just scratching the surface. Most recently, they’re exploring how the gloves can be used to restore movement in people that have suffered traumatic brain injuries. And the results are very promising.
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