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SpaceTouch - Conceptual Demo for Astronaut Haptics




MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Joe Paradiso

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Juliana Cherston: cherston@mit.edu

Project Description

We are developing aerospace-grade electronic textiles that can simultaneously protect spacecraft and sense relevant properties in the proximate environment - specifically micrometeoroid impact using piezoelectric fibers. One conceptual side project to the primary work has been to show that this material can also have application for pressurized spacesuit haptics - by mapping whatever the space-exposed skin feels through the pressurized suit and onto the astronaut or space tourist's biological skin, we bring the wearer closer to the environment they wish to explore and/or generally seek to improve situational awareness At this point the demo is very simple and is intended as purely conceptual, yet we would still like to advance the project to a basic conference paper, which will require some improvements to the system as well as designing and running a small user study to gauge user experience + basic perceptual improvements.


sophomores - seniors preferred, freshmen with relevant skillsets will be considered. Experience running a user study a significant plus. Experience in electrical engineering, textile manufacturing, or statistics and data science all nice to have