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Electronics KTN: Haptics

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Come and join the Electronics KTN as it looks at haptic (‘touch’)technology with speakers from NXT and Visual Planet. Haptic technologies can be built into screens not only to operate a system, but also to supply tactile feedback from them and we shall be seeing examples from two companies who work in this relatively new field.

Our speakers are:

Dr Patrick Langdon, Senior Researcher, Engineering Design Centre, Cambridge

Since 1998 Pat Langdon has been employed at the Cambridge EDC , where he has pursued a number of research directions including the properties and design of Haptic interfaces for use in computer displays for the movement disabled. Patrick is currently working in the areas of modelling movement and cognition for inclusive design and haptic assistance for motion impairment.

“Introduction to NXT bending wave haptics” Dr Neil Harris, Director of Technology, New Transducers Limited (NXT)

Neil graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1982 with a degree in Electrical Sciences, followed by a PhD from the University of Essex in 2002. As Chief Scientist, first with Mission and then with New Transducers (NXT), he was a co-inventor of both the distributed-mode loudspeaker and the balanced-mode radiator. His responsibilities included oversight of all theoretical and numerical modelling issues at NXT , including the design of software for both the DML and BMR loudspeakers. Now, as Director of Technology, he remains responsible for invention, research and consulting activities in a diverse range of technologies, including the relatively new field of haptics.

Vernon Spencer, Visual Planet

Visual Planet was established in 2001, born out of the frustration of being unable to access information after closing hours in a high street, and waiting around in business reception areas, unable to access key information on the business being visited. Previous experience in the touch digital signage market included sourcing and developing components and technologies for thru-window interactive solutions. The ViP Interactive Foil is a flagship of their success and is paving the way for continued development.

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This talk is part of the Electronics Knowledge Transfer Network series.

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