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Haptics prototype heads to Innovate 2016

25th October 2016
Joe Bush

A haptic glove prototype from family-run manufacturer, Morgan Innovation & Technology, will be showcased at Innovate 2016 on 2nd-3rd November in Manchester. Morgan IAT, in conjunction with the University of Southampton, is developing a haptic system for the hand that will provide individuals with a sense of touch. Initially the product is being developed to help with rehabilitation of stroke patients and is undergoing trials at the university.

Sky’s Swipe programme recently filmed presenter Gemma Morris trying on the glove and interviewing CEO Nigel Clarke, as part of a weekly tech update. 

The glove-like device supplies various stimulations to the hand and fingers. These can be requested from a pre-defined list of options or generated depending on the patient’s hand movements and gestures within a virtual world. Currently housed in an ABS enclosure for desk mounting, the system’s housing, weight and size are all under development.

Haptics is a feedback technology that mimics the sense of touch by applying stimuli, such as pressure, temperature and vibration to the user. When combined with virtual reality (VR) it allows users to see and feel the specific motion and action they are performing. The product could have applications for stroke rehabilitation, VR, augmented reality gaming and other interactive applications.

Twice winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (international trade), Morgan IAT understands the journey and pitfalls that developers can face in bringing their products to market. They offer manufacturing and R&D services, and specialise in CE marking and FDA approvals.

Innovate UK Chief Executive Ruth Mckernan said: “Innovate 2016 will be an excellent opportunity for Morgan IAT to showcase their cutting edge innovation, the Haptics glove, to a national and international audience. I congratulate Morgan IAT on their success in winning a place and look forward to their involvement in our annual flagship show of innovation excellence across the UK.”

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