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Developing haptic-based dance technology works for the blind and vision impaired. 

The Deakin Motion.Lab and the Centre for Intelligent Systems research recently partnered with Arts Access Victoria to develop a proposal to create a new haptics system to provide access to dance for people who are blind or vision impaired. Arts Access Victoria  has successfully secured funding from the Australia Council’s Digital Research and Development program to develop the new system.

Artists and researchers from Deakin will work with blind and vision impaired dance artists to develop a haptics-based dance technology system that uses haptic technology to map and communicate the body’s movement. The project will  provide a new approach to enabling blind and vision impaired audiences to access dance,  as well as opening up new approaches to  haptic art creation, and new techniques for haptic systems used in other applications such as sports, medicine and defence.

The project team includes Deakin Motion.Lab Director, Professor Kim Vincs, Motion.Lab post-doctoral fellow, John McCormick, Director of the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research, Professor Saeid Nahavandi, Deputy Director of the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research, Dr Douglas Creighton, CISR Research Fellows Dr Mohammed Hossny and Dr Shady Mohamed, and Dr Sharon Bentley from Deakin Optometry.