Haptic Wave

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The Haptic Wave is a device developed for audio engineers with visual impairments that allows them to ‘feel’ audio waveforms.

Goldsmiths Research Questions: Can haptics change how we perceive sound? from Goldsmiths, University of London on Vimeo.

Bespoke software written in Max allows for navigating through audio waveforms with the device, while a motorised fader communicates the amplitude of the waveform at a given point to the user.

Our paper “Haptic Wave: A Cross-Modal Interface for Visually Impaired Audio Producers” (By Atau Tanaka and Adam Parkinson) was awarded the prestigious Best Paper Award at CHI 2016. Read it here:


The Haptic Wave has been demonstrated at CHI 2016 in San Jose, RTD 2015 at Microsoft Research, at Apple Headquarters in California and for the Royal Academy of Engineering. It has also been reported on by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.