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Workshop on Sensory Augmentation January 31, 2009

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The third-generation prototype of the Enactive Torch will be demonstrated at the upcoming Key Issues in Sensory Augmentation Workshop to be held at the University of Sussex, March 26-27, 2009. This event will bring together some of the best researchers in the field of sensory augmentation technology in a mixture of talks, seminars, and practical sessions.

The application deadline for participation at the workshop is Friday, the 20th of February.

For more information about this event, please click here.

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Return of the Torch April 24, 2008

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The current prototype of the Enactive Torch is finally back at Sussex University after completing a little world tour that took it from the WPF2008 in Basel, Switzerland, through the 3rd Ratna Ling Conference on First-Person Methods in California, to the Towards a Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson, Arizona and back through Mexico to the UK.

Presentation of the Enactive Torch at these events was generally a success with extensive amounts of people being able to try out the device for themselves. Indeed, one of the most striking outcomes of these demonstrations is how easy it is for people to start using the Torch for navigational tasks and even start getting a sense of felt presence of external spatiality through their exploratory actions.

It also worth mentioning that Claire Petitmengin was kind enough to sacrifice some of her time at Ratna Ling to use her interview technique in order to debrief me on my experience of using the Enactive Torch. In particular we focused on the experience of what it is like to use the device in order to explore and attempt to recognize an object while blindfolded. I recorded most of this interview session such that I will be able to transcribe and analyze it in more detail. Many thanks to Claire for helping us to get this phenomenological part of the project underway!

Finally, I’m also happy to report that Ad has been keeping himself busy with working on the next prototype of the Enactive Torch, which will incorporate some more advanced features, especially in terms of data capture. This will enable us to start some psychological experiments this summer.

Pictures of some of these recent events should also be available soon!

Proposal accepted for pump-priming research December 12, 2007

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Thanks are due to the Informatics Department at the University of Sussex for providing some initial funding to pump-prime research development with the Enactive Torch. The accepted funding proposal covers the design of a PCB, building 4 Enactive Torches, as well as expenses for conducting systematic experiments.

Welcome! November 9, 2007

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Welcome to the new homepage for everything related to the Enactive Torch!

As this site develops you will be able to find updates on upcoming presentations, download publications as well as read about anything related to the Enactive Torch.

Any comments/feedback would be very much appreciated!

Many thanks,
Tom Froese & Adam Spiers