Here’s an interesting article about researchers using touch to convey text messages. An interesting concept. They call it “tactile melody”. I would have called it braille. Even though they apparently want to use different movements of pins than the letter combinations used by braille. They probably figure they can convey messages more effectively, requiring less attention from the user and less symbol recognitions. Good for them. I’m not going to say that I know for sure that they’re reinventing a number of wheels in unison, but I’ve got a pretty good feeling that they are. I take this for example:
“I can assign a certain tactile melody to my wife and another tactile melody to my daughter,” said Prof Eckmiller.
“If they send me an SMS, I immediately recognise these melodies, because I selected and generated them myself.”