The Haptic Bracelets

  • 2016-06-07
  • Research

From Music Interaction to Neurological Gait, talk by Dr. Simon Holland, The Music Computing Lab


Creating intuitive, flexible, wearable technologies typically requires an understanding of bodies, movements, gestures, senses and principles of embodiment. One good way to better understand embodiment is to work with people who have to pay careful attention to it every day: musicians, dancers, sports people, older people and those with disabilities. Interaction design in any one such area can have surprising implications in others. We present the Haptic Bracelets – designed as a wearable system to promote deeper engagement with multi limb musical rhythms and consider its re-appropriation as a platform for gait rehabilitation after stroke and other neurological conditions. Theoretical frameworks are presented, along with case studies and analyses both from musical and medical domains.


Dr Simon Holland is Creator and Director of the Music Computing Lab at the Open University. He was Co-Investigator on the £200,000 AHRC funded E-Sense project on digitally enhanced senses, Co-I on the ESRC Multi-disciplinary Seminar Series ‘Older People and Technology’, Co-chair of the 2016 CHI Workshop on Music and HCI, and Lead Editor of the Springer book ‘Music and Human Computer Interaction’. He won the Pyrus Malus ten-year influence award for Mobile Human Computer Interaction in 2011. He has devised numerous innovations in Human Computer Interaction, including the Haptic Bracelets, the Haptic Drum Kit, AudioGPS, Harmony Space and Direct Combination. He has pioneered new approaches to gait rehabilitation using multi-limb haptic entrainment for neurological conditions, particularly stroke.


This talk is part of the IGW Lunchtime Scientific Series.


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