A haptic device for the deaf-blind to enable two-way multi-platform communication.
The prototype translates “Lorm” into digital text and vice versa. Lorm is a series of hand-tracing gestures that map to characters of the alphabet, used as a common form of communication by people with both hearing and vision impairment. Originally, to communicate with the deafblind, we must first learn Lorm and communicators need to have physical contact. With the Mobile Lorm Glove, however, we need only know how to send text messages to remotely communicate with each other. As a result, it empowers deaf-blind people to engage with a wider social world and further enhances their independence.
To communicate with others, the user wearing the glove can trace Lorm directly onto the pressure-sensitive inputs on the palm of the hand. A Bluetooth connection transmits the data from the glove to the user’s handheld device. It is then forwarded to the receiver’s handheld device in the form of a text message. To receive messages from the handheld device, small vibration motors on the back of the hand vibrate to indicate the message encoded in Lorm.
The glove is still a prototype but has already had practical applications in the real world.
16/03/2015 Hackaday “Mobile Lorm Glove puts texting back into everyone’s hands”
13/03/2015 Mashable “High-tech glove could help the deaf-blind send text messages”
13/03/2015 BBC News “The glove that transmits ‘touch’ over the internet”
26/06/2013 The Atlantic “This glove could help deaf-blind people communicate with anyone, anywhere”
20/06/2013 ZDF Elektrischer Reporter “Lorm Glove – Kommunizieren mit Taubblinden.”
04/07/2012 The Huffington Post “Mobile Lorm Glove Help Deaf-Blind People Text Message”
04/06/2012 Gizmodo “Miracle Worker Glove Helps Deaf and Blind People Communicate”
10/04/2012 Make Magazine “Smart glove helps hearing and sight-impaired to text”
03/3012 INTERACTIONS 19, 2. ACM New York, NY, USA
02/2012 WIRED Condé Nast Verlag, Munich, Germany
08/2011 WEAVE 0411. PAGE VERLAG Hamburg, German
Tom Bieling, Ulrike Gollner, Gesche Joost: Schnittstelle Hand – Kommunikation mit Gefühl | Feeling communication – The hand as an interface, i-com – Zeitschrift für interaktive und kooperative Medien, August 2012, Vol. 11, No. 2, pg(s) 32-36; Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, München.
Tom Bieling, Ulrike Gollner, Gesche Joost. What do you mean user study? Translating lorm, norm and user research. In Proceedings of the international Design Research Society Conference (Bangkok, Thailand, July 1-5, 2012). DRS 2012.
Tom Bieling, Ulrike Gollner, Gesche Joost. Information und Inklusion begreifen. Proceedings of the conference on Kultur und Informatik: Aus der Vergangenheit in die Zukunft (Berlin, Germany, May 10-11, 2012). KUI 2012.
Ulrike Gollner, Tom Bieling, Gesche Joost. Mobile Lorm Glove – Introducing a communication device for deaf-blind people. Proceedings of the 6th International ACM Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (Kingston, Ontario, Canada, February 19 – 22, 2012). TEI 2012.
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