Photo: Nigel Clarke, with Sky Swipe presenter, Gemma Morris.

 

Press release                                                                                                  24th October 2016

Double Queen’s Award winner brings Haptics prototype to Innovate 2016

Family-run manufacturer, Morgan Innovation & Technology Ltd will showcase its Haptics glove prototype to over 2,500 visitors at Innovate 2016 on November 2nd and 3rd in Manchester.  Morgan IAT is one of just 100 companies to have won a place in the exhibition.

Morgan IAT, in conjunction with the University of Southampton is developing an innovative haptic system for the hand that will provide individuals with a sense of touch. Initially the product is being developed to help with rehabilitation of stroke patients and is undergoing trials at the university.

Sky’s Swipe programme recently filmed presenter Gemma Morris trying on the glove and interviewing CEO Nigel Clarke, as part of a weekly tech update. Search ‘glove that mimics physical touch’ on Youtube (watch from 06:25).

The glove-like device supplies various stimulations to the hand and fingers. These can be requested from a predefined list of options or generated depending on the patient’s hand movements and gestures within a virtual world. Currently housed in an ABS enclosure for desk mounting, the system’s housing, weight and size are all under development.

Haptics is a feedback technology that mimics the sense of touch by applying stimuli, such as pressure, temperature and vibration to the user.  When combined with virtual reality it allows users to see and feel the specific motion and action they are performing.  The product could have applications for Stroke Rehabilitation, virtual reality, augmented reality gaming and other interactive applications.

Twice winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International trade), Morgan IAT understands the journey and pitfalls that developers can face in bringing their products to market.  They offer manufacturing and R&D services, and specialise in CE marking and FDA approvals.

Innovate UK Chief Executive Ruth Mckernan said: “Innovate 2016 will be an excellent opportunity for Morgan IAT to showcase their cutting edge innovation, the Haptics glove to a national and international audience. I congratulate Morgan IAT on their success in winning a place and look forward to their involvement in our annual flagship show of innovation excellence across the UK”.

Innovate 2016 is the UK’s largest multi-sector innovation event and is organised by Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade. It is set up to create opportunities for export and investment for the UK’s most innovative companies.

Follow @MorganIAT_UK and #innovate2016 on social media or visit www.events.ukti.gov.uk/innovate-uk-2016/showcases/ .