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Old 10-27-2009, 01:08 PM   #1
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GPS Navigation Helmet Tugs Your Ear in the Direction It Wants You to Go Human-machine interface researchers at Japan's Kajimoto Laboratories worked up this GPS navigation system that tugs the wearer's ear for directional guidance instead of leading by voice commands. "Being pulled the ear for navigation is a common situation when we were children," they write, "and hence, the sensation should be quite intuitive." Kajimoto Laboratory

And you thought that lady from your car's navigation system was stern. Human-machine interface Researchers from Kajimoto Laboratory came up with this GPS navigation helmet that doesn't give directions in words, it "shows" the wearer which way to go by tugging on the appropriate ear, just like mom used to do. "Being pulled on the ear for navigation is a common situation when we were children," researchers write, "and hence, the sensation should be quite intuitive."

A pair of clips, one positioned on each ear, provide the tugging sensation. A previous version tugged on the arm, a sensation researchers felt was less intuitive than the whole ear thing.

Of course, it probably wouldn't be all that great for driving applications, unless it could somehow convey that, say, a right turn is coming up in 800 feet (eight quick taps to the head?). But it might be OK for say, helping a sight- or hearing-impaired person navigate walking directions through a city.
[Kajimoto Laboratory via Treehugger
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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I don't even know what to say to that but
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:18 PM   #3
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I'd like to get one implemented for the slow drivers in my town that pulls their noses.
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:36 PM   #4
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looks like it belongs in Dick Cheney's basement...
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:40 PM   #5
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If you need a u turn does it rip your ears off? I wonder if it can punish you for missing a turn.
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That helmet can't possibly be safe to land on.
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