How We Became Sensorimotor: book available to buy!

My new book with University of Minnesota Press, How We Became Sensorimotor: Movement, Measurement, Sensation was published in October 2021. You can buy it from the publisher themselves, or the usual book retail outlets including Amazon US and UK, and the Book Depository (which has free worldwide delivery). The book is the culmination of years... Continue Reading →

Blindness, neuroplasticity, and technologies of sensory substitution

Thanks to an invitation from the editors, Brian Glenney and José Filipe Silva, a chapter has appeared in their rather wonderful Routledge collection The Senses and the History of Philosophy (2019). There are contributions from some well-known philosophers of perception and of ancient philosophy, too. My chapter neatly follows from Brian Glenney's chapter on the Molyneux... Continue Reading →

Seeing, feeling, and showing ‘bodies-in-place’ – videography and the body

A new paper co-authored with Michael Glass, accepted (finally... bit of an epic story there) in Social and Cultural Geography here. You can also access an eprint here. Seeing, feeling, and showing ‘bodies-in-place’: exploring reflexivity and the multisensory body through videography This paper considers the challenge of representing embodied, multisensory experience of ‘bodies-in-place’ through film, an... Continue Reading →

Talk on robots as ‘companion species’ at Carnegie Mellon, Jan 14th

So my next upcoming talk is at Carnegie Mellon University, at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, on January 14th, 4-5.30pm. Link on the CMU website is here. Here is the title and abstract: Robots as ‘companion species’? Designing for disability and the mixed spaces of human-robot interactions There is a burgeoning ecology of robots as “machines... Continue Reading →

The Tongue Display Unit (TDU) at UPMC: seeing with the tongue?

Courtesy of staff at University of Pittsburgh's Medical Center (UPMC), in September 2013 I was invited to the Sensory Substitution Lab to do something that I have wanted to do for years: have a hands-on experience with a device that I have written about. WICAB's 'BrainPort' is a 'sensory substitution' device that translates a visual feed from a camera... Continue Reading →

‘Google Glass for cops’: wearable cameras, surveillance, and Ferguson

At the end of June I submitted an article to the Journal of Geography in Higher Education on using Google Glass based on the Urban Studies fieldtrip. In between receiving the reviewers' comments (which were hearteningly, unmistakably positive, the first time this has happened for several years...) and then doing the edits for the final version,... Continue Reading →

Leonardo Art-Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in NY: January 19th

Short notice, but I'm speaking at an art-science event in New York on the 19th. LASER is part of the beautiful, sprawling Leonardo project that encompasses a journal, book series, and other events. LASER stands for Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous. The official website blurb is here but the relevant section I paste below: LevyArts 40 E 19th... Continue Reading →

How to search for things and distinguish objects if you’re a robot.

Two separate but related intriguing new touch technologies for robots from Georgia Tech has some intriguing implications. The first being Charlie Kemp's development of a form of tactile sensing for robotic arms (Kemp was supervised by the world-famous Aussie roboticist Rodney Brookes). Reported in the New York Times (here) and elsewhere, searching in cluttered places for... Continue Reading →

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