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Remote Valentine: Glove Tech Puts ‘Touch’ into Long-Distance Relationships
Researchers from Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) have designed a pair of interconnected gloves called "??Flex-N-Feel."?%9D When a user"s fingers flex in one glove, the actions are transmitted to a remote partner wearing the other. The glove"s tactile sensors allow the wearer to "??feel"?? the movements. To capture the flex actions, the sensors are attached to a microcontroller. The sensors provide a value for each bend, and are transmitted to the "??feel"?? glove using a WiFi module. The sensors are also placed strategically on the palm side of the fingers in order to better feel the touch. A soft-switch on both gloves also allows either partner to initiate the touch. "??Users can make intimate gestures such as touching the face, holding hands, and giving a hug,"?%9D says associate professor Carman Neustaedter.
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