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Designing a Self-Aware Jacket

Insights into Smart Garment’s Creation Process
: Rus, Silvia; Braun, Andreas; Kirchbuchner, Florian; Kuijper, Arjan


Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-:
PETRA 2019, 12th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments. Proceedings : Rhodes, Greece, June 05 - 07, 2019
New York: ACM, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4503-6232-0
International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA) <12, 2019, Rhodes>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
system design; smart textile; ambient intelligence (AmI); Lead Topic: Individual Health; Research Line: Human computer interaction (HCI)

Smart textiles and garments promise intriguing new possibilities for the wearer. Integrated interaction can create new experiences and sensors can detect relevant information about the wearer. However, this poses an additional challenge for the designer of smart garments, about how to integrate these technologies. In this work, we want to investigate how human intuition and technical knowledge feed into the design of smart garments. Using a jacket that tracks its whereabouts as a use case, we have collected a dataset from 18 test subjects with varying technical knowledge, on what sensor patterns they would create on the garment. Using a specifically created simulation framework, we have evaluated the performance of the created sensor patterns. We observed that many participants intuitively create well-working patterns, while technical knowledge does not play a significant role in the resulting performance.