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Source: Mona Lisa Overdrive, Page: 105

"Good," Piper said, more to herself than to Angie, touching something on the board.

"Again."

Angie felt the weave thicken beneath her fingertips.

"Again." Another adjustment.

She could distinguish the individual fibers now, know silk from linen. . . .

"Again."

Her nerves screamed as her flayed fingertips grated against steel wool, ground glass. . . .

"Optimal," Piper said, opening blue eyes.

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This quote applies really to both SimStim concepts, and haptic interfaces where the signal passes either into the brain directly, or enters the central nervous system after it has left the brain.

In any case, what is happening is the creation of nerve impulses for touch whilst bypassing the actual nerve endings where touch actually happens.

One of the less oft thought about implications of doing this, is that everyone?s sense of touch is going to be slightly different. Some people find the same texture coarse that other people find smooth. With this in mind, there is no ?one size fits all? for haptic nerve signals. Instead, the most likely approach is a series of adjustments, each of which produces a slightly differing response - like an ophthalmics' testing equipment for the eyes. It takes time to find exactly the right settings for that individual.

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About the Book 'Mona Lisa Overdrive'
By William Gibson
Produced By Spectra

Mona Lisa Overdrive, penned in 1988, is the third and final book of William Gibson?s Sprawl trilogy, and also, his third book. Following on the heels of Neuromancer and Count Zero, Overdrive is by far the most lightweight of the trio, basing more in reflected glory from the other books, than attempting to stand on its own.

Set in the same world as the other two, some twenty years after Count Zero, it has lost the feeling of fast-paced change, as both technologically and culturally it feels almost stagnant, unchanging.

Borrowing heavilly on past character ...
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