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Nano opto-mechanical systems (NOMS) as a proposal for tactile displays
Author(s): E. M. Campo; J. Roig; B. Roeder; D. Wenn; B. Mamojka; M. Omastova; E. M. Terentjev; J. Esteve
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Paper Abstract

For over a decade, special emphasis has been placed in the convergence of different fields of science and technology, in an effort to serve human needs by way of enhancing human capabilities. The convergence of the Nano-Bio-Info-Cogni (NBIC) quartet will provide unique solutions to specific needs. This is the case of, Nano-opto mechanical Systems (NOMS), presented as a solution to tactile perception, both for the visually-impaired and for the general public. NOMS, based on photoactive polymer actuators and devices, is a much sought-after technology. In this scheme, light sources promote mechanical actuation producing a variety of nano-opto mechanical systems such as nano-grippers. In this paper, we will provide a series of specifications that the NOMS team is targeting towards the development of a tactile display using optically-activated smart materials. Indeed, tactile displays remain mainly mechanical, compromising reload speeds and resolution which inhibit 3D tactile representation of web interfaces. We will also discuss how advantageous NOMS tactile displays could be for the general public. Tactile processing based on stimulation delivered through the NOMS tablet, will be tested using neuropsychology methods, in particular event-related brain potentials. Additionally, the NOMS tablet will be instrumental to the development of basic neuroscience research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8107, Nano-Opto-Mechanical Systems (NOMS), 81070H (1 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.897529
Show Author Affiliations
E. M. Campo, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
J. Roig, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
B. Roeder, Univ. Hamburg (Germany)
D. Wenn, iXscient Ltd. (United Kingdom)
B. Mamojka, Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union (Slovakia)
M. Omastova, Polymer Institute (Slovakia)
E. M. Terentjev, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
J. Esteve, Ctr. Nacional de Microelectrónica (Spain)
Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona (Spain)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8107:
Nano-Opto-Mechanical Systems (NOMS)
Jaume Esteve; Eugene M. Terentjev; Eva M. Campo, Editor(s)

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