February 23, 2013: Computer Science PhD candidate and EVL research assistant Victor Mateevitsi has received a lot of press in the past few days for "SpiderSense"

PHOTO CREDIT:?SpiderSense, developed by Victor?Mateevitsi,?Jason Leigh and Robert Kenyon (UIC Computer Science, Electronic Visualization Laboratory),?Brad Haggadone (UIC Communications Department) and Brian Kunzer (UIC Bioengineering,?Neural Engineering Vision Laboratory), enables the wearer to sense danger in his environment. (Photo: Lance Long)


EDITOR'S NOTE: Victor Mateevitsi, a?PhD candidate in the UIC Computer Science Department and a Research Assistant in the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), has received a lot of press in the past few days for "SpiderSense," a prototype?wearable suit?that?enables users to sense (without seeing) obstacles around them.?

Like the comic book character Spider-Man whose skin tingles at approaching danger, SpiderSense augments human ability -- it can potentially help a pedestrian "see" hidden dangers, help a fireman entering smoke-filled buildings, or help a visually impaired person navigate his environment.?SpiderSense consists of sensor modules, strategically placed on the wearer's body, and uses ultrasound to scan the environment for obstacles within 60 feet which it then translates into tactile signals that stimulate the wearer's skin.

Mateevitsi authored the research paper?"Sensing the environment through SpiderSense" with Brad Haggadone (UIC Communications Department), Jason Leigh and Robert Kenyon (UIC Computer Science, Electronic Visualization Laboratory), and Brian Kunzer (UIC Bioengineering,?Neural Engineering Vision Laboratory), which will be presented March 7 at?Augmented Human ?13: the?4th Augmented Human International Conference in Stuttgart, Germany. The paper is available online at:
http://www.evl.uic.edu/core.php?mod=4&type=3&indi=474

News of SpiderSense was picked up by New Scientist magazine. Since its article came out, the news has since gone "viral," with articles appearing in many places. Below is the list of publications as of today:

New Scientist
"Spidey-sense suit tingles when someone gets too close"?
by Hal Hodson, February 22, 2013
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21729056.700-spideysense-suit-tingles-when-someone-gets-too-close.html

Forbes
"This Suit Gives You A Real Life Spider-Sense"
by Alex Knapp, February 23, 2013
http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2013/02/23/prototype-suit-gives-you-real-life-spider-sense/

The Verge
"SpiderSense ultrasound suit gives wearers a sixth sense"
by?Louis Goddard, February 23, 2013
http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/23/4020738/spidersense-ultrasound-suit

New York Daily News
"Scientists create ?Spider-Man? suit that gives wearers superhero?s ?spider sense?"
by Michael Walsh, February 23, 2013
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/spider-man-suit-wearer-superhero-senses-article-1.1271706#ixzz2LwLMoXlH

io9
"Real-life Spidey Sense suit tingles when objects get close"
by?Lauren Davis, February 23, 2013
http://io9.com/5986362/real+life-spidey-sense-suit-tingles-when-objects-get-close

Gizmodo
"You Can Be a Real Superhero With This Crazy Spider-Sense Robot Suit"
by Eric Limer,?February 23, 2013
http://gizmodo.com/superpowers/

Engadget
"SpiderSense ultrasonic radar suit lets you know when danger is near"
by Daniel Cooper,?February 22, 2013
http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/22/spidersense-suit/

MailOnine (DailyMail, U.K.)
"The suit that gives you 'Spidey Sense' just like Spider-Man by tingling when there is impending danger"?
by?Damien Gayle,?February 22, 2013
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2282818/The-SpiderSense-suit-ability-detect-impending-danger-360-degrees-around.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Discovery Communications
"Body Suit Gives You Real-Life 'Spidey Sense'"?
by Nic Halverson, February 22, 2013
http://news.discovery.com/tech/robotics/body-suit-spidey-sense-130222.htm

MSN
"Researcher makes a real-life 'Spidey Sense' suit"
Reprinted from Discovery Communications, February 22, 2013
http://now.msn.com/victor-mateevitsis-suit-gives-wearer-spidey-sense

In addition, SpiderSense news was also tweeted by?@Science to 450,000 followers on February 22. And, Mateevitsi was contacted by?Discovery Channel Canada?s Daily Planet?science and technology program for an interview.

SpiderSense?(previously called NinjaVision)?is an outgrowth of the UIC Human Augmentics course that was developed and taught in Spring 2012 by Jason Leigh and Robert Kenyon. The course is again offered this semester. Human Augmentics refers to a new interdisciplinary field of study aimed at the research and development of technologies to expand the capabilities and characteristics of humans. For information:
Spring 2013 course syllabus: http://www.evl.uic.edu/spiff/class/cs594/
Spring 2012 course: http://www.evl.uic.edu/core.php?mod=4&type=4&indi=810











































 
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