[Athen] haptic devices

Prof Norm Coombs easi.easi at gmail.com
Sat Jan 30 18:01:45 PST 2016

EASI is hosting a webinar somewhat related to this topic with John

EASI Free Webinar: Training students Who Are Blind to Read Tactile

Presenter: John Gardner from Viewplus Technology

March 10

There will be a fuller description long before March 10. There is
already a link for early registrations for this free event. Go to
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm and look under the month of March
Norm Coombs
On 1/29/2016 7:39 AM, Nast, Joseph M wrote:


> 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.


> Best,


> Karen



> Karen M. Sorensen

> Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses

> www.pcc.edu/access <http://www.pcc.edu/access>

> Portland Community College

> 971-722-4720




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