Enactive Torch experiments

The latest generation of Enactive Torches has been built and calibrated. This week (Oct. 11-16, 2010) I’m helping Dr. Marek McGann at MIC, University of Limerick in Ireland to run the first batch of experiments.

We want to find out whether use of the Enactive Torch results in similar changes to felt embodiment as has been observed in the case of normal tool-use (e.g. rakes and sticks).



  1. Guy Gregory said,

    October 19, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Did you see the episode of Horizon yesterday? Definately reminded me of what you’re doing. They had a blind guy who could ride a bike using echo location to navigate and all sorts of other interesting sensory experiments.

    Check it out on iPlayer…

  2. Tom Froese said,

    October 19, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Hey Guy,

    Yes, I’ve heard about this echo location blind person before. We haven’t tried training someone to ride a bike with the Enactive Torch yet. But I imagine that it would be quite hard to get it past the ethics committee, since it will probably involve falling down several times!

    Anyway, thanks for the heads up!


  3. Guy Gregory said,

    October 19, 2010 at 9:56 am

    They also featured something called the feelSpace belt, I’ve found the link if you’re interested:


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