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Title: Paired Partner Plushies: A Haptic Approach to Long Distance Communication
Authors: Zhu, Felicia
Pan, Jessica
Advisors: Littman, Michael
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Class Year: 2021
Abstract: The goal of this work is to create a novel means of long distance communication which preserves the intimacy of an in-person relationship. It takes the form of a pair of stuffed seals fondly named Pik and Pak (or PikPak as a whole, after pikpaksriruk, the Inuit word for `precious') that two people may use to feel connected to one another. This is similar to some technologies already out on the market. For example, friendship lamps in which lighting up one of the lamps in a pair will light up its counterpart; bond bracelets function in a similar way, in which tapping an interface on one of the bracelets will vibrate its partner bracelet. However, while it is possible to communicate audibly or visually at a distance using such devices, we are lacking in creative and comforting haptic communication technology that utilizes multiple human senses. PikPak is a companion which uses touch sensors, buzzers, motors, and LEDs to stimulate and reconcile the three senses of sight, touch, and hearing. By integrating a user-friendly interface and endearing companion with multiple sensors and microcontrollers, we will expand and innovate semi-automated long distance communication.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1924-2021

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