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Topographies of Pain

Topographies of Pain is a technology that assists people to articulate their symptoms when they are in pain. This technology can visualise pain-related affordance when verbal scales can be rather inaccurate to define.

At a glance

  • The device communicates the pain experience through a multi-sensory arrangement of tactile and visual information.
  • This project can significantly improve the medical care experience to form a better patient-doctor communication.
  • 'Vision reveals what the touch already knows. We could think of the sense of touch as the unconscious of vision.' The eyes of the skin––Juhani Pallasmaa

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Around 28 million adults in the UK are suffering from different types of chronic pain, while the communication of pain is unexpectedly difficult, due to the very personal and subjective nature of pain. Insufficient pain assessment could, and often, has a negative implication on the provision of quality health care.

Topographies of Pain is developing new tools for tactile communication of pain. We are currently working on the development of a bespoke multi-touch interface, relevant data analysis and innovative communication methods.

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