[Athen] haptic devices

Nast, Joseph M Joseph.M.Nast at lonestar.edu
Fri Jan 29 07:39:50 PST 2016

FYI, a crucial part of evaluating these haptic devices as assistive technology is determining what programs support their use. The controller (and its cost) is merely the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Personally, I doubt many publishers have developed instructional software that support haptic devices, but it’s certainly worth researching.

From a cursory examination of the information available, it looks like the Geomagic Touch has been developed specifically for the education, bio-medical research, and industrial design markets. The Falcon, however, has been marketed heavily as a game controller. I would expect that to see more educational software that supports the Geomagic Touch than the Novint Falcon.

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Karen Sorensen
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:26 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] haptic devices

Hi A11y Colleagues,
We would like to try out a haptic device to see if it could make online graphs and simple drawings more accessible to our online students with visual disabilities.
Here are a couple I've seen. Does anyone have any experience with them or any others?

* Novint Falcon, available for $199 with education discount<http://www.etouchsciences.com/ets/p/1/novint-falcon>
* Geomagic Touch <http://www.geomagic.com/en/products/phantom-omni/overview> , approx $599
Thanks in advance for any input.

Karen M. Sorensen
Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
Portland Community College

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