Abstract: A mitt enhances the sense of touch when worn on a hand of a user as an object is touched with the palm side of the fingertips. The apparatus is formed of an enclosure of first and second layer of a pliable and elastic material, a lubricant, and a third layer of sheet material. The first and second layers are sealed together along their perimeter to form the enclosure. The lubricant inside the enclosure is present in a quantity and with sufficient lubricity that the coefficient of kinetic friction between the walls of the enclosure is less than the coefficient of kinetic friction between the fingertips and the enclosure and less than the coefficient of kinetic friction between the object being touched and the enclosure.
Abstract: A pad is used in shifting a patient from one bed, or other horizontal surface, to another. The pad is formed of a sealed, elongated, and flattened enclosure of a flexible, puncture-resistant material and contains, sealed within the enclosure, a lubricant to reduce the friction between the inside surfaces of the enclosure.
Abstract: The sense of touch is enhanced by: (1) placing two layers of a pliable, elastic material between the fingertips and the object being touched; (2) maintaining the coefficient of kinetic friction between the two layers at less than the coefficient between the fingertips and the top layer and less than the coefficient between the object being touched and the bottom layer; and (3) moving the fingertips over the object being touched separated by the two layers of material.
Abstract: An apparatus enhances the sense of touch when placed between the fingertips of the user and the object being touched. The apparatus comprises a liquid lubricant inside a sealed enclosure. The enclosure is formed of a pliable, elastic material having a wall thickness of about 0.005 to 0.020 inches. The liquid lubricant is present in an amount sufficient to fully coat the interior of the enclosure, but which also permits the enclosure to be flattened with at least about 75 percent of the surface area of one side in contact with the other side.