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Mobile Lorm Glove

Issue: XIX.2 March + April 2012
Page: 8
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Tom Bieling, Ulrike Gollner, and Gesche Joost

The Mobile Lorm Glove is a communication and translation device for the deaf-blind. It translates the hand-touch alphabet Lorm, a common form of communication used by people with both hearing and vision impairment, into digital text and vice-versa. The prototype enables the deaf-blind user to compose messages via the pressure-sensitive palm of the glove that are transmitted as text messages to the receiver's handheld device. Vibrotactile feedback patterns allow the wearer to perceive incoming messages. It supports communication over distance, provides access to autonomous information, and serves as an interpreter for people not familiar with Lorm.

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Publication: Mobile Lorm Glove—Introducing a communication device for deaf-blind people. Proc. of TEI 2012 (Feb. 19-22, Kingston, Ontario, Canada). ACM, New York, 2012.


* Authors

Tom Bieling | Design Research Lab/Berlin University of the Arts | [email protected]

Ulrike Gollner | Design research Lab/Berlin University of the Arts | [email protected]

Gesche Joost | Design Research Lab/Berlin University of the Arts | [email protected]