New dissertation and personal project direction

With the current use of touch screens and glimpses of the future of virtual reality and hologram technology, how will our human bodies interact with this potentially touch-free world?

I am inspired by designing for the extremes of disability as motivation and influence for the importance of sensory feedback and gesture in design.

By designing and engineering leg and arm prosthetics, we can see the importance of inherent sensory feedback and alternate muscle memory and control for the potential future of human extension. For the future of gesture control, we can observe the evolutionary history and intuitiveness of sign language; and by designing for the blind and deaf we can see that studies of positive and negative haptic feedback and sound-to-touch sensory substitution can advance the future possibilities of our tactile senses. Through designing for loss, we can gain a better understanding of the importance of our tactile senses, gestural communication and the need for inherent feedback in design.

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