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London:  In a boost to the idea of human hand becoming an ideal display screen for the next generation of smartwatches and other devices, an Indian-origin scientist-led team has created tactile sensations on the palm using ultrasound sent through the hand.

The research — funded by the Nokia Research Centre and the European Research Council – is the first to find a way for users to feel what they are doing when interacting with displays projected on their hand.

According to professor Sriram Subramanian from University of Sussex, technologies will inevitably need to engage other senses such as touch as we enter into an “eye-free” age of technology.

“Wearables are already big business and will only get bigger. But as we wear technology more, it gets smaller and we look at it less, and therefore multisensory capabilities become much more important,” Mr Subramanian added.

The new innovation called SkinHaptics sends sensations to the palm from the other side of the hand, leaving the palm free to display the screen.

The device uses “time-reversal” processing to send ultrasound waves through the hand.

This technique is effectively like ripples in water but in reverse – the waves become more targeted as they travel through the hand, ending at a precise point on the palm.

It draws on a rapidly growing field of technology called haptics, which is the science of applying touch sensation and control to interaction with computers and technology.

“If you imagine you are on your bike and want to change the volume control on your smartwatch, the interaction space on the watch is very small. So companies are looking at how to extend this space to the hand of the user,” Mr Subramanian noted.

What we offer people is the ability to feel their actions when they are interacting with the hand, he pointed out.

The findings were presented at the “IEEE Haptics Symposium 2016” in Philadelphia last weekend.(IANS)

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2 Indian Research Teams Win Amazon Web Services Cloud Grants

Bengaluru-based Indian Institute for Human Settlements won the grant for the project

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The Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering (CSRE) at Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay won the grant for its project. Pixabay

Two teams from India made it to 21 winning projects that will be awarded $1.5 million worth of cloud services, grants and technical support through the Earth Observation Cloud Credits Programme, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced.

The Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering (CSRE) at Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay won the grant for its project titled “Crop inventory mapping from SAR data on cloud computing platform”.

Bengaluru-based Indian Institute for Human Settlements won the grant for the project titled “Integrating Earth Observation Data with Censuses and Sample Surveys to Estimate Development Indicators for India”.

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Two teams from India made it to 21 winning projects that will be awarded $1.5 million worth of cloud services, grants and technical support. Pixabay

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and AWS in December announced the programme, a joint collaboration to offer research organizations access to AWS Cloud services.

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Under the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI), this programme will enable Earth observations and applications to support sustainable environmental development including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. (IANS)