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Improving the quality of life for people with deafblindness through intelligent haptic technologies

A deafblind man communicating with a deaf man by tactile Sign Language
Haptic conversation through Tactile Sign Language – Courtesy of LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, see

The SUITCEYES project aims to create improved and interactive communication possibilities for people with deafblindness. To achieve this the project will develop a smart, haptic interface prototype that will:

  • Extend the environmental perception and the spatial orientation of the user,
  • Enlarge the communication space and facilitate exchange of semantic content,
  • Enhance learning and the user´s engagement by integrating gamification and mediated social interaction.

The needs and wishes of the users are evaluated in a user-centered and regularly re-iterated process, to ensure that the development of the interface prototype is always adapted to the users’ expectations. Smart textiles will be used as a basis for the interface. The technological development of the interface involves machine learning, sensor technologies, image and signal processing, psychophysics and affective computing.