Speech Through Skin: Haptic Communications Research

Publication Title
Purdue Engineering
Publication/Creation Date
June 20 2018
Purdue University (creator)
Hong Tan (contributor)
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) (contributor)
Facebook (contributor)
Media Type
YouTube Clip
Persuasive Intent
Through the use of haptics technology, researchers at the Purdue College of Engineering were able to send and receive messages through their skin. By interpreting the meanings of the signals, users can send messages without the use of text. Currently, this appears most promising to hard of hearing and low vision users, with applications to general use also being considered. The device is able to map 39 phonemes (units of sound in a language) to specific tactors wrapped around the user's arm.

The yearlong project was done with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Facebook Inc.
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Arm, Wrist
Marketing Keywords

Date archived
June 21 2018
Last edited
April 24 2019
How to cite this entry
Purdue University. (June 20 2018). "Speech Through Skin: Haptic Communications Research". Purdue Engineering. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/3061