I'm asking some experts: Erik Conrad, a TMLabber who built mappings to haptics (vibration motors on various parts of body) from camera as well as GPS models of built environment, as well as Marek Alboszta, whose company makes the only true 6DOF wand. (Asking for non-tethered, non-line-of-sight, but may not be possible.)
BTW. Deleuze' micro-perception lay behind my musing about locus of sensing. It's not a satisfactory vocabulary, but an invitation to parse out the layers: sensing modality / sensing locus / interpretation / logic of response / feedback locus and type ... and of course not leave them split! A "locus" may not be spatial, it could be temporal: keeping a "stimulus" sharply delimited in time, or very clearly temporally-textured is a form of delimitation and localization. Another way is to have a crisply defined rhythm -- unbounded in time (or least in an open set), and with no particular spatial locus.
On 2011-05-20, at 1:09 PM, David Morris wrote:
Follow up on magic wand possibilities:--Sandeep’s student has a ‘T-Stick’, http://www.idmil.org/projects/the_t-stick, but this is far too much and it doesn’t sense position.--Lenay’s group is using an ‘enactive torch’ which looks like a handheld device that converts distal measurement it makes into vibration stimuli, in a programmable way, with an Arduino chip. This isn’t quite what we want, because we are more interested in locatedness than distance, and want to be selective on the location/object that prompts a stimulus. But the design is interesting, seehttp://enactivetorch.wordpress.com/. We could use a similar physical sized thing, if we could get position/acceleration sensors into it. NB the enactive torch project looks interesting.--I was trying to find info on getting position in room via Wii, but wasn’t sure we could, at least not in a robust way, because that seems to depend on IR sensitive detectors, and so would get cut off if there is no line of sight…David