Haptic-Synth is a concept being researched by Generative that considers the viability and potential benefits of non-visual interfaces based entirely on touch. In these two stud- ies Dodge has interpreted the concept in the form of a reactive shirt and a customizable hand-held widget.
The thin breathable stretch shirt is intended as an undergarment and is imbedded with an array of Haptic-Synth “cells”. Each cell is comprised of a compression touch sensor cou- pled with a miniature haptic feedback actuator. Unique surface gestures can be trained to perform specific functions on a paired device. Feedback in the form of touch-perceptible “clicks” offer both confirmation of gesture-based input as well as mediated output from a paired device.