SC4 The Seventh Sense: Sensory Augmentation with Compass Belt


Beyond the normal use of your senses, what else is possible? There have been different approaches to augment your senses. Here we will learn and experience more about space perception. How do you perceive space? What is space perception and can it be changed? People’s experiences vary greatly on how easily they can orient themselves in unknown environments. Some people are really good in orientation and claim to always know where north. What happens if you also always knew where north is? We tried it with the feelSpace belt, which always points towards north via vibration. We will try out the feelSpace belt in practice and perform different little experiments you aim for a new perception of space.

Another interesting way space can be perceived is through echolocation as known from bats. Also humans are capable of using echoes to learn a lot about their environment which can be really helpful for the orientation of blind people. But how do blind people learn to use echolocation? And as sighted people, can we also learn to use echolocation? We will present you the basics of how it is instructed. You will learn, that you can hear already more than you think.


The course aims at providing some practical experiences with augmenting your senses. We will focus on perceiving space with the help of the feelSpace compass belt and echolocation via self-produced sounds. We will also elucidate the background of general learning of senses and the role of your body movements.



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Julia Wache


Julia Wache studied Cognitive Science in Vienna and Potsdam. She finished her PhD in Trento working on the Emotion Recognition via physiological signals and mental effort in the context of using a tactile belt for orientation. In parallel she participated in the EIT Digital doctoral program to learn entrepreneurial skills. In 2016 she joined the feelSpace GmbH as Head of Sales


Susan Wache


Susan Wache studied Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. She worked in the Research Group feelSpace that investigates human senses and works especially with Compass Belts. In 2015 two colleagues from the same group and herself as CMO founded the startup feelSpace that develops and sells naviBelts, tactile navigation devices especially for the visually impaired