During the 19th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia MUM 2020, SUITCEYES presented the Tactile Board, a multimodal communication device that uses haptic communication to support individuals with deafblindness in social interactions.

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A Multimodal AAC Device for Individuals with Deafblindness

The concept for the Tactile Board emerged from co-creation sessions with members of the Deafblind community and aimed to support individuals with deafblindness in social interactions without the direct need of an intervener.

The handheld device is connected to a wearable that translates text messages and voice commands directly into haptic messages onto the upper back of the user. The messages sent through the Tactile Board can be sent to multiple devices at the same time, therefore allowing individuals with deafblindness to communicate with each other or send messages to a larger group of persons too.

The SUITCEYES consortium consists of seven European partners, one of them is the ACI. The affective lab creates the gamification parts of the smart textile. It is responsible for WP7 – Gamified and Social Interaction.

If you are interested to read more about the Tactile Board, please follow the link to the published paper: https://doi.org/10.1145/3428361.3428465