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Mobile Music Touch Musical Glove Helps People With Spinal Injuries
2012-07-18 09:05:35

[ Watch the Video ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online People with paralyzing spinal cord injuries (SCI) now have access to a glove created by Georgia Tech researchers.  This glove may improve motor skills and feeling in their hands. The device is called Mobile Music Touch (MMT). The glove, which looks like a workout glove with a small box on the back, is used with a piano keyboard and vibrates a person´s fingers to point out which keys to play. While...

Link Between Touch And Emotion Discovered
2012-06-05 04:36:07

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com Sight. Sound. Touch. These are just a few of the senses that the body has. This theme of senses was the subject of a recent study by neuroscientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) who reported a relationship between touch and emotion via the brain´s primary somatosensory cortex. The findings, described in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), were discovered by researchers Valeria Gazzola...

2012-05-02 09:58:03

Touch sensitivity is hereditary and linked to genetic mechanisms that support hearing Vision and hearing are so crucial to our daily lives that any impairments usually become obvious to an affected person. Although a number of known genetic mutations can lead to hereditary defects in these senses, little is known about our sense of touch, where defects might be so subtle that they go unnoticed. In the 1 May issue of the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology, Gary Lewin's laboratory...

New Tablet App Helps Visually Impaired Students With Math
2012-03-06 04:04:14

[ Watch the Video] A new app developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University helps visually impaired students with math problems. The new Android tablet app assists students in algebra, geometry, graphing and other subjects that are hard to comprehend without having normal vision. Jenna Gorlewicz, a graduate student in the Medical and Electromechanical Design Laboratory (MED Lab) at Vanderbilt University, and her adviser Robert Webster, an assistant professor of mechanical...

2012-02-21 21:10:26

MDC researchers identify new function of a well-known gene A gene known to control lens development in mice and humans is also crucial for the development of neurons responsible for mechanosensory function, as neurobiologists of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch have now discovered. They found that in mice in which they had removed the c-Maf gene in the nerve cells, touch sensation is impaired. This similarly applies to human carriers of a...

2012-02-01 12:35:12

U-M study finds noise exposure can cause long-lasting changes to sensory pathways; touch-sensing nerve cells may be the gateway to future tinnitus treatments We all know that it can take a little while for our hearing to bounce back after listening to our iPods too loud or attending a raucous concert. But new research at the University of Michigan Health System suggests over-exposure to noise can actually cause more lasting changes to our auditory circuitry — changes that may lead to...

2011-12-22 15:33:07

Compared to our other senses, scientists don't know much about how our skin is wired for the sensation of touch. Now, research reported in the December 23rd issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, provides the first picture of how specialized neurons feel light touches, like a brush of movement or a vibration, are organized in hairy skin. Looking at these neurons in the hairy skin of mice, the researchers observed remarkably orderly patterns, suggesting that each type of hair...

2011-12-10 02:00:24

People with a certain form of inherited hearing loss have increased sensitivity to low frequency vibration, according to a study by Professor Thomas Jentsch of the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP)/Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch and Professor Gary Lewin (MDC), conducted in cooperation with clinicians from Madrid, Spain and Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The research findings, which were published in Nature Neuroscience...

2011-08-24 14:02:57

Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new way to generate music and control computers. "Grab a block and add a base beat, turn a block to speed up the high hat and we have a new way to generate music through controlling the computer," said Dr Enrico Costanza at the University's ECS - Electronics and Computer Science, who is launching Audio d-touch (Thursday 25 August). Audio d-touch, which is based on Dr Costanza's research into tangible user interfaces, or TUIs,...

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2011-08-05 10:20:52

Research has shown that sight, balance, and hearing in humans can be enhanced with the application of "white noise", or minute, random interference in the senses and this applies to the sense of touch as well. A special glove has been developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology which is designed to improve the wearer's sense of touch by applying a small vibration to the side of the fingertip. This improves the tactile sensitivity and motor performance, according to their...


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