Feeling Speech on the Arm

Computer Human Interaction (CHI)

By: Jennifer Chen, Pablo Castillo, Robert Turcott, Ali Israr, Frances Lau

Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a transcutaneous language communication (TLC) system that transmits a tactile representation of spoken or written language to the arm. Users receive messages without looking at their smart devices, and feel them through their skin. We will demonstrate an application that helps users get acquainted with our TLC system, learn building blocks for a small vocabulary and generalize them to new words – all within 3-5 minutes on the demo. Finally, the applications of the TLC system for normal and impaired individuals are discussed.