Compared to visual communication, haptic perception is neglected in ubiquitous digital technologies. Materials science faces the challenge of developing surfaces with special haptic stimuli and tactile communication capabilities. We propose to investigate the complex perception of materials by touch through physiological and psychophysical experiments with specific haptic materials. The project is based on close collaboration with life science research groups specializing in skin physiology, neural processing of touch, and psychology of perception. With our results, we contribute to the development of materials for the design of user interfaces that are based on human haptic perception. To this end, at Charité, tactile cells are quantified using LSM and their function is investigated as a function of age and skin texture.
Duration: 10/2022 - 12/2025
Funded by : Volkswagen-Stiftung
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