As well as being generally informative the device aims to provide a point of contact for researchers who may be interested in using the enactive torch in their own studies of perception and sensory substitution.
Work on the enactive torch modifications is going well the problem of oscillations between readings now fixed. This has been a consistant problem until now and it still requires some work. In the enactive torch these oscillations have severly impaired the creation of the extra sense as the environment is suddenly uncertain. This is also true in the haptic torch were I was previously informed (by a blind person) that this was a serious bug that would stop them using the system.
I'm hoping to get some trials recorded this weekend but as always the problem lies in somehow getting people to an unfamiliar environment.
Went to see a public lecture by my old boss Kevin Warwick yesteday. As opposed to talking about Robots taking over the world he's now talking about the implant projects and placing mixed raw neural tissue (from unborn rats) onto microelectrode arrays to create biological neural networks. It all sounds very sci-fi and the audience loved it but to be honest neurophysiologists have been doing MEA work like this for decades so I've yet to be sold.
At the end some undergraduates were asking Kevin an implant question which he handed over to me. So now I'm helping these guys with their project (and I thought I'd left the field)
I am interested in Robotics, Haptics, Assistive Technology, Creative Technology, and hacking for the sake of it.
I'm a full time robotics researcher and creative technologist on the side.
When I'm not busy, I wonder what the hell has happened.
I also like to DJ and have a cat with opposable thumbs.