SHANTANU BALA

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Today's computers offer power, efficiency, and connectivity, but our physical interfaces to them have stayed the same for a half century. Inspired by the needs of individuals with disabilities, researchers are working with sensors and feedback mechanisms that can allow our sensory experiences to be reprogrammed like a computer display. Shantanu Bala is one of these discovery researchers, pioneering the use of haptic feedback to deepen the experience we have with technology while reducing our dependence on "screens." Prior to founding Somatic Labs, Shantanu spent eight years researching haptic technology and assistive technologies for individuals who are blind or visually impaired at Arizona State University. His published research focuses on translating visual and auditory information into tactile stimulations felt on a person’s back.