Loop is a directional haptic feedback accessory designed by Joseph Weissgold and Kathryn McElroy for our Product, Brand Experience class. It has vibration points spaced evenly around the band that guide the user right or left by vibrating in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction, respectively. Loop works with Google Maps to give turn-by-turn directions, but it also has an open API that allows the user to develop new uses for it.
Loop allows its user to be more focused in the environment and eliminates the need to have a phone out to look at directions. It has many uses from intuitively directing running routes to helping tourists visit all the hot spots while looking up at the sights.
The fully functional first prototype has six vibration points, uses Flora for its brain, and has two demonstration codes, for right and left directions, that are activated by pushing one of the two buttons.