SimTouch

MedTech SuperConnector

Funder: MedTech SuperConnector
Principal Investigator: Dr Sina Sareh
Researcher: Caroline Yan Zheng

SimTouch is a soft, wearable device that gives tactile reassurance for people who have to cope with stressful situations alone. Simulated affective touch (SAT) has shown effectiveness in alleviating anxiety, pain and reducing the sensation of social isolation. However, the lab-based device is too bulky and immobile. SimTouch makes it possible for more people to benefit from the therapeutic effect of SAT anywhere, at any time. Using soft robotics technology and materials, SimTouch creates tactile stimulations with features of affective touch that vibratory stimulators could not achieve. Wearer can personalise tactile patterns to receive during stressful moments. Family members and support group of the wearer could send 'reassurance' and give a 'physical presence' via the connected App. Currently we are working on using SimTouch to improve cancer patients’ experience during radiotherapy and imaging sessions, in collaboration with the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and Imperial College.