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AugmentedWearEdu presented at the Digital Skills for Education & Culture Workshop

Today, we had the opportunity to present the latest results of AugmentedWearEdu at the Digital Skills for Education & Culture Workshop. Thank you to all the team!

The main objective of AugmentedWearEdu is to introduce a novel framework for e-Learning consisting of including haptic experiences to enable digital access to laboratories in higher education. This will be achieved by combining both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) tools with a novel generation of wearable haptic devices. This will make it possible to engage students in a hapto-audio-visual hands-on laboratory environment. In this project, we will evaluate which of the available haptic technologies are suitable for e-Lerning and may foster the students’ ability to create complex simulations using existing or in-world modelling techniques and scripting tools, while offering the functionality to link to the real world and capture data which can be visualised in real-time. Haptics, VR and AR tools will be adopted either from our ongoing research activity or from various low-cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tools. In this way, an innovative educational and research loop will also be established. This approach will contribute towards the achievement of fully-immersive, open and distance laboratory learning.

Engineering Touch

Our PhD Fellow, Saishashank Balaji, delivered his talk at the PhD Forum, University of Agder (UiA), Norway.

It is very engaging and motivating to see the progress about engineering touch.

Looking forward to the next steps and to collaborate with all our partners.

WEART TouchDIVER: connecting digital and physical worlds.

We have a brand new haptic device at the Top Research Centre Mechatronics (TRCM), University of Agder (UiA), Norway.

The WEART TouchDIVER device has just arrived.

We would like to especially thank Guido Gioioso and Francesco Abbo for the support. We would also like to thank Domenico Prattichizzo for the inspiring collaboration.

WEART connects digital and physical worlds by adding the one sense that is missing: TOUCH. Live a truly immersive VR experience and touch digital objects as you would in real life.

Our PhD Fellow, Saishashank Balaji, will use the TouchDIVER to help children with autism to improve sensory integration and situational awareness.

Our PhD Fellow, Even Falkenberg Langås, will use the TouchDIVER for interacting with digitaltwins at Tvillingfabrikken AS.

Our PhD Fellow, Hareesh Chitikena, will use the TouchDIVER for teleoperation of snake robots.

We are also considering using the TouchDIVER for improving situational awareness for emergency management at the Centre for Integrated Emergency Mangement (CIEM).

We look forward to collaborate with weart to further investigate the use of the TouchDiver device in human-robot collaboration (HRC) to help people with autism, teleoperation of our snake robot, human-robot interaction (HRI) for digital-twins, and many other robotics applications.

Filippo Sanfilippo