During, the project, the Prototouch fellows implemented many outreach activities to spread the project and the new developed technologies to a large audience. The fellows participated in various activities ranging from explaining the neuroscience of touch to the business tech shows presentations of the new devices.
Thonnard's lab open doors - UCL in Brussels 2016 -
On the March,16 2016, four PROTOTOUCH fellows presented their projects to a wide audience during open door activities at Thonnard's lab.The event was part of the annual Open Door Day of the campus in brussels to neighbours, medical doctors and high school pupils. More than 40 persons were introduced to the Prototouch project and excellent EU science by the talks of Athanasia Moungou, Eric Vezzoli, Mariama Dioné and David Gueorguiev.
Brussels in Science 2016
Prototouch fellow David Gueorguiev and his colleagues Erwan Guillery from UCL participated in workshops designed for 11 year old children to discover the sense in an extra school activity hosted within the Neruosciecnce labs of UCL. They introduced the kids to tactile illusions and their potential to be implemented in future tablets and smartphones to create a rich tactile feedback with the new E.Vita friction modulation tactile display ( more info about the project with schools ).
OS Hinka Smrekarja, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2nd November 2015
In the cooperation with local school teachers at the elementary school Hinko Smrekar in Ljubljana, we organised a technical day, where the pupils could listen a story about Marie Curie, how to become a MSCA fellow, and the exciting multidisciplinary science behind the development of the new haptic tactile displays at the ITN PROTOTOUC project in two separate sessions. About 30 pupils from sixth to ninth grade attended the workshops. They also had a chance to try the prototype of the touchscreen device with haptic feedback.
Dr Zlatko Vidrih
Srednja sola tehniskih strok Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 4th November 2015
Similar workshop was also held at the Technical high school in Ljubljana, where I talked to three groups of about 25 computer and electrical science students during their informatics classes. The students showed genuine interest in development of new user interfaces. They had a chance to try the commercially available device with haptic feedback, which made great impression. They were particularly touched by the idea of development of devices for visually impaired and blind. They had a lot of questions about how to become a scientist, so we also discussed the possibilities of remote supervision and consultations in preparation of final theses for some of students, which might give them even better idea about the work in science.
40th anniversary of Université catholique de Louvain Brussel's campus
In 2015, the campus of the Université catholique de Louvain celebrated its 40 years of existence with a special open door day, which was documented by Begian TV. The Prototouch fellows from Brussels and Lille participated in the technological exhibition and the presentation of project that took place in front of a numerous and enthusiastic audience.