Experiment with a haptic (touch) feedback interface by building your own "tactor" (tactile stimulator).  Although commercial tactors cost hundreds of dollars, this one (Fig. 1) can be built for under ten dollars. 

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Step 1: Make Holes in the Speaker Cone

Since we are making a tactor, we want the voice coil to move as freely as possible, and make as little noise as possible.  The answer is to perforate the loudspeaker cone (see Fig. 2).  This can be done using the fine tip of a soldering iron, or the tip of a small brass rod heated in a flame.  Do NOT use a screwdriver or any magnetic material, since there is a strong magnetic field around the voice coil. Disregarding this advice leads to the sort of results shown in Fig. 3.
<p>We are looking to purchase some commercial tactors (tactile stimulators). Do you have a recommendation? We found http://www.atactech.com/PR_tactors.html and http://www.tactaid.com/ but both appear to have folded?</p>
<p>This is really cool. I am just a bit confused about the simulator tip. In one photo you have it as the end of a wire nut, but in the next it looks like the tip of an LED. Did you use both? Also, does the simulator tip need to be hollow? Thanks.</p>
this sounds really interesting, what would you use it for?

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