How much better would digital learning be if you could reach out and touch the things you were learning about? In collaboration with Edinburgh haptic pioneers Anarkik3D and Sheffield product design gurus Stakeholder Design, we have recently begun a new project based around haptic feedback and learning software. We are working to put haptics in the front line of educational software, by creating a development platform to address real issues in the learning environment.
Haptics is an emerging technology that enables people to feel digital information. When combined with 3D audio-visual interfaces, it offers enormous potential for education. For instance, a well-designed system will enable dental students to feel the tooth as they practice drilling in a virtual patient’s mouth, while physics students could compare pushing snowballs uphill on Earth and Europa, and designers could learn how to shape glassware without the need for a furnace. Haptics makes the virtual universe touchable.
Are you a developer who wants to get involved with haptics in education? We are currently in the midst of a feasibility study supported by InnovateUK, we are looking for interested parties who will discuss their own needs and interests in bringing educational products to market. You could be shaping the platform for your future killer app!
If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send out some more details including possible dates. Each session is expected to last a couple of hours, where we will demonstrate an existing force-feedback system and have a discussion around the needs of developers in the educational space. There will be tea and cakes, or beer and pizza, depending on attendee preferences.
Hope to see a few of you at the workshop!