The ScienceSuit is a flexible set of hardware components that allows researchers and product developers to add haptic feedback technology to an application or product of their choice, saving valuable development cost and time.
Answers to your questions
about the ScienceSuit haptic feedback hardware
About the ScienceSuit
You can use the ScienceSuit for any application that requires vibrotactile sensations (haptic feedback) on the body. To give you an example, our customers are using the haptic feedback for applications ranging from providing movement feedback to exoskeleton users, to helping visually impaired people communicate facial expressions, and augmenting keyhole surgery.
Similarly, we ourselves use the ScienceSuit hardware as initial building blocks for our own development projects and have used haptic feedback to improve matters as diverse as navigation, balance and neurosurgery. The possibilities are extensive!
Purchasing the ScienceSuit
The current estimated delivery time is 3 weeks.
Controlling the ScienceSuit
You can control the ScienceSuit through a wired USB connection or a wireless Bluetooth® 4.0 connection. The software is compatible with host devices (PC, smartphone, tablet) running on one of the following operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.
How can I integrate the ScienceSuit in my experiment or product? Is it compatible with Java, C#, C++, etc.?
The ScienceSuit offers complete flexibility for researchers and product developers: its Java control software ‘HIDCom’ interacts with applications written in a wide variety of languages e.g., Java, C#, C++, Python, Matlab, Simulink, etc. Users can access both the hardware and software directly.
Yes, you can. Quite a few of our customers are using a Raspberry Pi with the ScienceSuit.
Yes, you can. A special Android application, called ElitacMain, is provided in the software suite. It works similarly to the control software ‘HIDCom’ that runs on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Manipulating the haptic feedback
Yes, absolutely. Aside from the predefined patterns, the ScienceSuit allows you to easily create custom patterns to suit your specific requirements. The software manual explains in detail how to define new vibration patterns using basic code.
Yes, the ScienceSuit comes with 9 predefined vibration patterns that have proved their effectiveness in our own research and experience developing haptic feedback wearables. Additionally, users can easily create custom patterns to suit their specific requirements.
There are 16 different intensity levels, running from 0 to 15 on logarithmic scale. Level 0 is just above perception threshold, and level 15 is the maximum the haptic actuator can generate – it is strong enough to be felt through up to two layers of textile.
We recommend you first experiment with the predefined haptic patterns and then try to create your own custom patterns and constellations. If you require further assistance in optimising your set-up, we have a number of support packages available. We have 45 years of combined experience developing haptic feedback wearables. Please contact us to find out more.
Yes, it is. Please refer to the software manual to find the required code.
Yes, absolutely, please refer to the software manual to find out how to define custom vibration patterns.
Note: Haptic interpolation refers to the perception of a vibration at a location on the skin between two or more neighbouring vibration actuators. The concept allows haptic sensations to be generated anywhere on a patch of skin that is covered by a set of haptic vibration actuators – not only underneath or at the location of an actuator.
For more information, please see our whitepaper on haptic interpolation. If you require a specific layout (constellation) of tactors to cover a body part and make use of interpolation, please contact us.
Using the ScienceSuit
The LED on the control module will show a continuous red light while charging.
The LED on the control module will show a continuous green light when fully charged.
Yes, it comes with both a general operating manual and a software manual that provides instructions on how to connect, how to create new tactile patterns, how to create constellations, etc.
Yes, the installation file includes a code example in Java to illustrate the creation of a tactile pattern. Please refer to Elitac_UDPClient_Example_V1.1.jar in your installation files. It also provide examples for Python and Matlab.
Can I integrate the ScienceSuit with a pressure/audio/movement sensor, Arduino, etc? Is it plug and play?
Yes, our customers have integrated a wide range of sensors. It requires writing your own application to receive the sensor data, translate it to (modified) haptic patterns, and send the necessary commands to the software that controls the ScienceSuit. The procedure is described in the software manual. If you require further assistance in optimising your set-up, we have a number of support packages available. Please contact us to find out more.