SYNAESTHESIA:

RECOVERING DEXTERITY

DISCLAIMER: This is an on-going project and is therefore not finished

 

Most of us take our ability to feel for granted. But, what if you could not feel? Not only does this affect your functionality, but it can also affect the sense of danger or the patient's mood.

Our solution is exploring the concept of synaesthesia: mapping senses through other senses. Our goal is to help people recover dexterity.

 Anusha Sonthalia | Laerke Mop Rasmussen 

 Haron Shams | Pilar Zhang Qiu 

 

01 CONCEPT

 

02 MEET SYNAESTHESIA

Through our design, we want to find a way to remap lost tactile senses such as pain, proprioception and pressure to the available senses.

 

Using 3D audio and bone conduction for danger alerts and perceiving textures.

2. AUDITORY FEEDBACK

Mapping pressure using vibro-tactile feedback felt elsewhere in the body.

1. TACTILE FEEDBACK

Mapping position with AR models and using AI to analyse the environment for hazards.

3. VISUAL FEEDBACK

Sensing input data using embedded bio-powered sensors for convenience and accuracy.

4. SENSORY SYSTEM

03 MARKET GAP

Our initial brief was to create a system to assist with recovering dexterity for prosthetics users. We chose to redefine our market as those with peripheral nerve damage as this market is far larger and is projected to grow in coming years.

2x

as many people suffer from neuropathy than amputations.

10%

as many people suffer from neuropathy than amputations

30%

of the British population is over 55; by 2050, 37% will be.

 

© 2020 by Pilar Zhang Qiu.

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