Mobile Tactile Stimulation for Passive Haptic Learning of Simple Melodies
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The phenomenon of acquiring motor skills without active attention is termed Passive Haptic Learning. This concept of learning is applied to acquiring piano melodies through vibration on each finger while users are given a 30-minute GRE test. Mobile Music Touch (MMT) is a lightweight, wireless, haptic music instruction system consisting of fingerless gloves and a Bluetooth-enabled mobile computing device. Passages to be learned are loaded onto the software on the computer and are communicated to the MMT system through Bluetooth and are played repeatedly. As each note of the music plays, vibrators on each finger in the gloves activate, indicating which finger is used to play each note. Such passive learning is complemented with an initial controlled active learning on the piano. This study present a 12-subject pilot and a 24 subject full study for measuring the efficacy of the system for retaining simple piano melodies in without active attention. The full study is currently under progress. This paper highlights significant improvement in learning curve for the conditions involving Passive Haptic Learning. The learning afforded by PHL for a compelling and fun treatment (playing piano) will help tetraplegic patients maintain interest in the system’s rehabilitative capabilities.