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PHL Gloves

These gloves, designed by researchers at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing, made headlines earlier this year for devising an innovative way of teaching Braille, but the technology opens up many new possibilities. The invention is an example of “passive haptic learning” – where the brain learns new kinetic skills without directed instruction. With the haptic glove, tiny vibrating motors stitched into the glove’s knuckles taught the wearer how to type Braille, and their research showed that their experiments also taught subjects how to read Braille. The implications of this work are far-reaching, and could present new techniques for the visually impaired and, more broadly, those undergoing rehabilitation for physical disabilities.

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