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IMPORTANT DATESEuroHaptics 2012
June 12-15, 2012
February 19, 2012:
All submissions due
April 2, 2012:
Notifications for acceptance
April 16, 2012:
Camera-ready papers due
April 20, 2012:
Early registration deadline
June 12, 2012:
June 13-15, 2012:
The main conference
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Social-haptic communication - a practical approach using haptices and haptemes
Riitta Lahtinen, PhD, The Finnish Deafblind Association
Russ Palmer, International Music Therapist
Haptices and haptemes are based on the PhD research of how dual-sensory impaired (deafblind) people can share environmental information interactively through touch. The presentation will include a brief description of longitudinal and developmental research on how to adapt visual and auditive information onto the body. The research is based on haptics and has been recognised as social-haptic communication (interaction between two or more people). This approach differs from haptic communication (object based contact).
The research describes haptices, touch-related messages, in different situations enhancing sensory information and functioning as an independent language. Haptices includes confirmation system, social quick messages, face expressions and behaviour, body drawing, orientation and directional information, guiding and sharing art and hobby experiences by touch.
Haptices consist of haptemes; movements, change of directions, pressure, speed, frequency, size, length, duration, pause, change of rhythm, shape, macro and micro movements. This research classifies how the body can be identified into different areas such as body orientation, varied body postures and position levels, social actions and which side of the body is used.
When the hearing and sight deteriorates communication consists of multi-systematic and adaptive methods. A person's expressive language, spoken or sign language usually remains unchanged, but the methods of receiving information could change many times during a person's lifetime. Social-haptic communication system has expanded to other client groups such as visually impaired and profound learning disability around in Europe, Australia and Canada.