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Adding Haptic Interaction to Our cityscapes

Provide accessible communication to urban pedestrians who have vision loss, hearing loss, or limited mobility.

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Pedestrians are surrounded by surfaces in their daily lives, but most of these surfaces are inert - lacking active functionality.  Haptic INC's patented interface allows for two-way communication through existing surfaces in the environment, providing unique accessibility for individuals with various physical disabilities. 

Haptic Inc augments traditional haptic feedback with haptic input, allowing entire surfaces to be gesture-enabled.  For instance, rather than reaching for a physical button on a traffic light post to initiate pedestrian crossing lights, the entire light post can be economically retrofitted with haptic input, allowing a simple triple tap or any other simple gesture anyway on a large surface to represent the equivalent of a button press, without requiring visual localization of a specific button's location, and without requiring the physical mobility to engage such a button (haptic gestures can be performed with any limb of the body (legs, arms, etc) and on any part of a surface.  

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Individuals with visual impairments could provide specific inputs directly on urban surfaces without localizing buttons. Those with hearing impairments could receive haptic feedback directly through surfaces, and people with mobility impairments can provide specific commands via haptic gestures without having to physically engage a button that may be out of reach or physically difficult ot press.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We have deployed our technology in the consumer smart home at very large scale, and notice that it is actively used in scenarios where it provides enhanced accessibility. This data is promising for the assistive potential of the technology.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Haptic, Inc was founded in 2014, has 7 patents, and a talented engineering team spanning three states and two countries. For more information about our first offering (in the consumer space), visit

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

100% R&D toward a hardware solution tailored to urban accessibility.


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Hey, I'm a facilitator here with the Challenge. Thank you for this submission to the Propose phase of the City:One Challenge Austin.

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