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Haptics project wins Innovate UK EdTech funding

Haptics project wins Innovate UK EdTech funding

Innovate UK has awarded the Touchable Universe consortia funding of £80,000 to conduct a proof of concept study on the value of haptics in education.

The award comes as a result of Innovate UK launching its first ever education technology competition. Over 250 companies competed for the grant, which aims to stimulate innovation in education and grow the growing UK EdTech economy.

Touchable Universe was one of just eight companies funded. Welcoming the news on behalf of the consortia, Ann Marie Shillito said:

“Haptics is an emerging technology that enables people to feel digital information. When combined with 3D audio-visual interfaces, it offers enormous potential for education. For instance, a well- designed system will enable dental students to feel the tooth as they practice drilling in a virtual patient’s mouth, while physics students could compare pushing snowballs uphill on Earth and Europa, and designers could learn how to shape glassware without the need for a furnace.”

The project will run from October 2014 to March 2015. The most successful of the eight funded companies will then be assessed for second stage funding to develop working prototypes.

Contrasting the feel of a hard and slippy tooth with a soft and squidgy gum.

Contrasting the feel of a hard and slippy tooth with a soft and squidgy gum.

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