SixthSense: A Wearable Gestural Interface

Abstract In this note, we present SixthSense, a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. By using a tiny projector and a camera coupled in a pendant like mobile wearable device, SixthSense sees what the user sees [...]

Ambient Intelligence at the Beach

Abstract  We describe an experimental public resource monitoring system that combines sensor data and human input to create a new descriptor of ambient water conditions. We call this new metric the swimming pleasure measure. We give an overview of how it is composed, how it relates to existing public water health monitoring efforts and how [...]

A Design Process for the Development of Innovative Smart Clothing that Addresses End-User Needs from Technical, Functional, Aesthetic and Cultural View Points

Abstract The research and development of attractive smart clothing, with truly embedded technologies, demands the merging of science and technology with art and design. This paper looks at a comparatively new and unique design discipline that has been given little prior consideration. The concept of ‘wearables’ crosses the boundaries between many disciplines. A gap exists [...]

Rapid prototyping of smart garments for activity-aware applications

Abstract Continuous miniaturization of electronics and sensing elements stimulate the evolution of novel unobstrusively integrated smart garments that sense their environemnet and provide personalized assistance to its wearer. The development of smart garments requires robust integration techniques for electronics and textiles in one common system. Furthermore, recognition algorithms are needed to derive information on the [...]

Wearable Technology for Bio-Chemical Analysis of Body Fluids During Exercise

Abstract This paper details the development of a textile based fluid handling system with integrated wireless biochemical sensors. Such research represents a new advancement in the area of wearable technologies. The system contains pH, sodium and conductivity sensors. It has been demonstrated during on-body trials that the pH sensor has close agreement with measurements obtained using [...]

Speaking and Listening on the Run: Design for Wearable Audio Computing

Abstract The use of speech and auditory interaction on wearable computers can provide an awareness of events and personal messages, without requiring one’s full attention or disrupting the foreground activity. A passive “hands and-eyes-free” approach is appropriate when users need convenient and timely access to remote information and communication services. Nomadic Radio is a distributed [...]

Affective Wearable

Abstract An “affective wearable” is a wearable system equipped with sensors and tools which enables recognition of its wearer’s affective patterns. Affective patterns include experessions of emation auch as a joyful smile, an angry gestue, a strained voice or a change in automatic nervous system activity such as an accelerated heart rate or increasing skin [...]

Touch me wear: Getting Physical with Social Networks

Abstract This project explores the possibilities of association between exisitng social network information and real-world physical interaction. The possibilities are explored through the integration of wearables technology with mobile social network technology. We use the term “mobile social networking” to refer to those advanced interactions which integrate complex real world actions with online social network [...]

The Challenges of Wearable Computing, Part I and II

Abstract Wearable computing pursues an interface ideal of a continuoulsy worn, intelligent assistant that augments memory, intellect, creativity, communication, and physical senses and abilities. Many challenges await wearable designers as they balance innovative interfaces, power requirements, network resources, and privacy concerns. This survey describes the possibilities offered by wearables systems, and, in doing so, demonstrates [...]