Suitable Body Locations and Vibrotactile Cueing Types for Dismounted Soldiers

Report No. ARL-TR-5186
Authors: Timothy L. White
Date/Pages: May 2010; 38 pages
Abstract: Although research has shown the potential of tactile displays as a means for providing information, there are several factors that must be taken into consideration in order to maximize the benefits of tactile cueing. The proper body location and tactile cue type must be carefully identified for specific types of users. This is due to the varying mission requirements and environments in which users must operate. For example, dismounted Soldiers perform maneuvers such as walking, running, crawling, and climbing. They must also remain attentive so that they can engage enemy threats as well as negotiate terrain obstacles. It is imperative that tactile stimulation be provided to the appropriate body locations and that the proper tactile cue types (i.e., signals or patterns) are provided to dismounted Soldiers. This summary report discusses the skin, the perceptual resolution and sensitivity of humans, and the suitable body locations and tactile cueing types for dismounted Soldiers.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: May 1, 2010