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31 August 2011 Nano opto-mechanical systems (NOMS) as a proposal for tactile displays
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For over a decade, special emphasis has been placed in the convergence of different fields of science and technology, in an effort to serve human needs by way of enhancing human capabilities. The convergence of the Nano-Bio-Info-Cogni (NBIC) quartet will provide unique solutions to specific needs. This is the case of, Nano-opto mechanical Systems (NOMS), presented as a solution to tactile perception, both for the visually-impaired and for the general public. NOMS, based on photoactive polymer actuators and devices, is a much sought-after technology. In this scheme, light sources promote mechanical actuation producing a variety of nano-opto mechanical systems such as nano-grippers. In this paper, we will provide a series of specifications that the NOMS team is targeting towards the development of a tactile display using optically-activated smart materials. Indeed, tactile displays remain mainly mechanical, compromising reload speeds and resolution which inhibit 3D tactile representation of web interfaces. We will also discuss how advantageous NOMS tactile displays could be for the general public. Tactile processing based on stimulation delivered through the NOMS tablet, will be tested using neuropsychology methods, in particular event-related brain potentials. Additionally, the NOMS tablet will be instrumental to the development of basic neuroscience research.
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E. M. Campo, J. Roig, B. Roeder, D. Wenn, B. Mamojka, M. Omastova, E. M. Terentjev, and J. Esteve "Nano opto-mechanical systems (NOMS) as a proposal for tactile displays", Proc. SPIE 8107, Nano-Opto-Mechanical Systems (NOMS), 81070H (31 August 2011); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.897529
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