The talk provides a brief review of the somatosensory system, and the physical mechanisms that influence the design and development of effective tactile experiences for Virtual Reality and other immersive experiences. While the term ‘haptic’ appears to be the dominant paradigm in immersive touch interactions, there is a much broader range of sensations that should be considered as we move into the next age of immersive entertainment.
Dr. Karam is a computer scientist turned entrepreneur. She co-invented the Emoti-Chair for the hearing impaired at Ryerson University and founded Tactile Audio Displays Inc, to commercialize the technology. She discovered that the market for tactile audio devices goes far beyond the hearing impaired. TADs Inc also manufactures Spinal TAD and Dr. Karam’s newest tactile audio device, the “Somato Cherry.”