Special Issue "Tactile Sensing and Rendering for Healthcare Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.
Interests: smart sensors; mechatronics instrumentation; tactile sensors; assistive technologies
Interests: human postural control; touch and balance; assistive robotics
Interests: tactile sensors; force sensors; haptics; rehabilitation; assistive technology and conditioning electronics
This Special Issue of Sensors is focused on the healthcare applications of sensors and actuators related to tactile sensing and display. Tactile sensors are used to assess the contact interface of users of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, prosthesis, orthosis or footwear. This provides information to improve ergonomics, evaluate balance or prevent sores. Force and tactile sensors are also commonly used in rehabilitation devices as a way of providing control feedback or information about gait phases and to implement touch sense in therapy robots and toys. They also allow the detection of tumors in tissues of different compliance. The tactile sensor can be attached to a tool and used to gather touch information, which is provided to the surgeon through a tactile display or haptic device, in a palpation procedure using Minimally Invasive Surgery. The same devices can be part of telepresence or sensory substitution systems for impaired people. Tactile displays allow visually impaired people to access information such as text or graphics through the sense of touch. Moreover, proper rendering achieves a wide range of tactile sensations such as different stiffness or texture, and tactile icons or tactons. Tactile stimulation is also used in rehabilitation, for instance, in the training of post-stroke patients to improve recovery of motor function.
Prof. Dr. Fernando Vidal-Verdú
Dr. Wael Bachta
Dr. Andrés Trujillo-León
Manuscript Submission Information
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- tactile sensors
- tactile displays
- haptic devices
- human–robot interaction
- assistive technology.
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Wearable tactile-foot interface for navigation of blind people in urban spaces
Authors: Ricardo Tachiquín; Ramiro Velázquez; Carolina Del-Valle-Soto; Miguel Carrasco; Carlos A. Gutiérrez; Andrés Trujillo-León; Paolo Visconti
Affiliation: Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Panamericana, Aguascalientes, Ags., México Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Panamericana, Zapopan, Jal., México Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Santiago, Chile Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. San Luis Potosí, Mexico Department of Electronics, Institute of Biomedical Research of Málaga (IBIMA), University of Málaga, Málaga, Spain Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
Abstract: This paper presents a novel, wearable interface for visually impaired and blind people that combines a global positioning system (GPS) for user outdoor localization and tactile-foot stimulation for information presentation. Real-time GPS data provided by a smartphone are processed by dedicated navigation software to determine the directions to a destination. Navigational directions are then encoded as vibrations and conveyed to the user via a tactile display that inserts into the shoe. The experimental results showed that users were capable of recognizing with high accuracy the tactile feedback provided to their feet and are capable of using such feedback for urban navigation. The results suggest that the proposed system enhances independent, safe navigation of blind pedestrians and show the potential of tactile-foot stimulation in assistive devices.