MIT EECS - Morais and Rosenblum Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
High Resolution Tactile Display
Velasquez–Garcia, Luis Fernando
The high resolution tactile display my team is developing is a device consisting of many micro electronic actuators layed out like pixels on a screen. The actuators can move up and down (i.e., into and out of the screen) in response to an applied electrical current. This motion would allow the display to reproduce textures and shapes a person can feel. This has many applications for assisting visually impaired people. A simple application might be a braille e-reader. A more sophisticated system incorporating sensors might map out a room and present information about obstacles using textures and shapes on the display.
I have worked in the MIT Aerospace Controls lab where I designed and built charging control circuitry for automated battery swapping stations for autonomous quadcopters. I have also interned at Apple Inc., where I developed embedded software to verify hardware for mobile devices such as the iPad, and Synaptics Inc., where I independently designed and built a new tool for characterizing their integrated circuits.