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Accessibility Minute - Assistive Technology Tips and Tricks for Everyone

May 18, 2012

A weekly look at assistive technology--tools designed to assist people with vision, mobility, or hearing impairments.  Produced by the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.

Haptic interfaces

Hi folks.  Welcome to “Accessibility Minute”, your weekly look at  Assisitive Technology—those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs.

When was the last time your cell phone vibrated indicating a call or the rumble pack on your video game vibrated to tell you that bumped into something?  Those are examples of haptic computer interfaces.  

Haptic comes from the Greek and refers to the sense of touch.  There are a growing number of computer interfaces for people with disabilities that rely on haptic interfaces and there is even hope for an interface that “tricks” the fingers and brain into feeling braille when in truth the braille dots are simply patterns of vibration.  To learn more about what's happing with haptic interfaces, check our show notes.

For more information, to read our blog or to drop us a line, visit  That was your accessibility minute for this week.  I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.