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ElectroTactile Stimulation

ElectroTactile Stimulation allows a person to feel a very wide range of sensations, from just-noticable to warm-fuzzy to attention getting to pain.  Nerves are stimulated directly without any harm, even on the most dramatic settings.  JKI has developed its ETS product capability to producing the many effects possible for a variety of applications.

This page features ElectroTactile Stimulation (ETS) hardware and details specifications and options of JKI's family of custom built devices.

JKI Introduces the TacWave Line of Tactile Stimulator Drivers. TacWave includes both Vibro and Electro Tactile Systems.

If you would like General Information on Tactile Stimulation (Both ETS & VTS), please visit our Tactile Section.
Description of Tactile Stim + Applications

TacWave ETS Drivers:

Two medium output configurations are shown to the right.  Model 204A has 48 outputs in 4 groups of quick-connected cables.  Several different  Arrays can be connected at the same time.  All TacWave ETS Drivers work with all ETS Arrays shown below.  Inputs for manual control, dual kill switches, internal/external grounds, operating mode inputs, and standard LED status indicators are standard.  RF telemetry control is optional.
A High output configuration is shown to the right.  Model 212C has 108 total outputs; 36 channels in three groups of quick-connect and 72 channels in three sets of DIN cables ( built specifically for high count vests ).  Inputs for manual control, dual kill switches, internal/external grounds, dual operating mode inputs, self testing of status of cable indicators, and standard LED status indicators are standard. RF telemetry control is optional.

TacWave ETS Driver Special Features:

  • Manual, PC, Automated, Closed-Loop Control Options
  • Units use a dedicated pulse train / waveform generator and can synthesize any pattern through on-board or controlled means
  • Wide channel count ( minimum of 4 Ch ) in custom applications

All ETS Drivers Include:
Quick-Connect 12 Channel Ports Grouped I/O Connectors
(2) Triple-Acting Kill Switches Operating Mode Select
External Power Supply High Impedance Communication
Isolated Internal Power Converter 16 Embedded Patterns 
Ground / Isolation Mode Use and Care Manual
Front Panel Operation / Status LEDs TSComm Prototcol Description
Desktop / Rack Mount Enclosure Dedicated Waveform Generation

ElectroTactor Driver Options include:

Mapped Input Sensor Processors Internal Battery Operation
Multi-Port I/O Connectors Additional Embedded Patterns
RF Telemetry / Control Cascaded Operation
Self Instrumentation Output Multi-Driver Synchronization
Reduced Function Controllers Presentation / Carry Case

ETS Driver Enclosure Specifications: 

Number of Tri-Polar Output Channels
Any Other Outputs (relays, open drain, timing, etc. )
Typical Array Outputs ( 2x12, 48, etc. )
Alternative Inputs ( Sensors, Control, Digital, Serial, etc. )
Size / Weight Requirements ( if any )
Enclosure Type (Miniature, Metal, Plastic, Rack Mount etc.)
Typical Method Control ( PC, MCC, Handheld, Panel, etc.)
Any other Special Features ( High 'G', Waterproof, etc. )

ElectroTactor Arrays.

Choose from these configurations or specify your own according to your prospective mapping / applications including vests, forearm, soles, neck, finger, and others.

12 Ch. Radial Belt 
(1 Rows of 12, Tin Tactors Shown)

24 Ch Radial Belt
(2 Rows of 12, Tin Tactors Shown)

24 and 36 Tactor Belt
(2/3 rows of 12, 24 Ch. Shown)
9 Ch Small Circle 
(Tin Tactors Shown)

12 Ch. Strip
(Cond. Rubber Tactors Shown)

12 Ch Medium Circle
(Conductive Rubber Tactors Shown)

13 Ch Large Circle

3x4 12 Ch Grid
(Intended for Leg / Back)

4Ch Wrist Mount
(Communication Example)

12 Tactor Garmentless
(Can be arranged with velcro/tape)

Support Accessories
(Tactor Pattern Simulators, Kill Switches)

ETS Array Specifications:

Size and Range for Flexible Garment Based Arrays
Verify the Total Channel Number
Connectors (with respect to your Driver I/O)
Cable Length / Strain Relief (if needed)
Rubber, Tin, Silicone, Gel, or Electrode Based Tactors
Tactor Area and Shapes (square, circular, wedge, etc. )

TacWave Controllers:

All TacWave, ETS, VTS, and LSAC systems can be controlled through the TSComm protocol.  This protocol is built into our line of Manual Control Consoles (MCCs), Hand Controllers (HCs), and can be generated by a computer's serial or USB port. 

This Manual Control Console( MCC ) unit was designed for test and experimentation, as shown to the right.  It features isolated TSComm Syntax communications with a TacWave ETS Driver, multiple LED displaces and indicators, separate adjustment for many primary settings, adjustments for embedded patterns, alpha-numeric keypad, and multiple operating modes.  The desktop unit also included a built in timer to control timed responses to mapped stimuli.  A similar reduced function unit is being built for more portable applications.

MCC Special Features:

  • Timed self monitoring of the ETS driver to insure communications
  • Auto shutdown based on critical settings, responses, or kill switch activation
  • Buffering for PC Control/Response and Instrumentation Lines
  • Adaptable settings control for embedded patterns

  • Configuration control for various/ multiple Tactor Arrays