Tag Archives: wearables

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 [...]

Wearables in the Workplace: Sensing Interactions at the Office

Abstract Wearable computers such as PDAs and cell phones are prolferating in organizations. This paper introduces a methodology for leveraging this wearable infrastructure to provide isight to the undelying social dynamics of an organization. The work lays a foundation what will enable a variety of applications, from knowledge management to organizational simulation. Comments This paper [...]

EduWear: Smart Textiles as Ways of Relating Computing Technologies to Everyday Life

Abstract In this paper, we report on the outcomes of the European project EduWear. The aim of the project was to develop a construction kit with smart textiles and to examine its impact on young people. The construction kit, including a suitable programming environment and a workshop concept, was adopted by children in a number [...]

Sousveillance: Inventing and Using Wearable Computing Devices for Data Collection in Surveillance Environments

Abstract This paper describes using wearable computing devices to perform “sousveillance” (inverse surveillance) as a counter to organizational surveillance. A variety of wearable computing devices generated different kinds of responses, and allowed for the collection of data in different situations. Visible sousveillance often evoked counter-performances by front-line surveillance workers. The juxtaposition of sousveillance with surveillance [...]

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 [...]

A Survey on Wearable Sensor-Based Systems for Health Monitoring and Prognosis

Abstract The design and development of wearable biosensor systems for health monitoring has garnered lots of attention in the scientific community and the industry during the last years. Mainly motivated by increasing healthcare costs and propelled by recent technological advances in miniature biosensing devices, smart textiles, microelectronics, and wireless communications, the continuous advance of wearable [...]

Wearable Sensors and Systems

Abstract …over the past decade, wearable technology has gained the interest of researchers and clinicians. The motivation for the development of wearable sensors and systems is due to the tremendous benefits that could be associated with long-term monitoring of individuals in the home and community settings…. Comments This introductory journal entry gives an overview of [...]

Combining wireless with wearable technology for the development of on-body networks

Abstract In the area of wearable devices, the issue of comfortable body monitoring is of up most importance. However conventional sensors are generally unsuitable for wearable body monitoring devices either due to their physical structure or their functional requirements. This paper presents a prototype wearable device whereby the breathing rate of a number of subjects [...]

Fast matching of sensor data with manual observations

Abstract In systems and trials concerning wearable sensors and devices used for medical data collection, the validation of sensor data with respect to manual observations is very important. However, this is often problematic because of feigned behavior, errors in manual recording (misclassification), gaps in recording (missing readings), missed observations and timing mismatch between manual observations and [...]

Questions to Improve Quality of Life with Wearables: Humans, Technology, and the World

Abstract Existing wearables mainly benefit to specialists and patients however they could also benefit to the general public, improving quality of life. To reach this goal, strategies for the development and implementation of wearables must be chosen based on careful consideration of interaction between humans and computing technologies, from multiple perspectives including cultural, economic, political, and [...]

WearIT@work: Toward Real-World Industrial Wearable Computing

Abstract …wearable computers are often cited as an enabling technology for out-of-office applications. In fact, there has been a considerable amount of work on industrial applications of wearables. However, with the notable exception of the Symbol arim-worn system, this research has had little impact on industrial practice… Comments This article gives a general overview of [...]

Breathing Feedback Systems with Wearable Textile Sensors

Abstract Breathing exercises form an essential part of the treatment for respiratory illnesses such as cystic fibrosis. Ideally these exercises should be performed on a daily basis. This paper presents an interactive system using a wearable textile sensor to monitor breathing patterns. A graphical user interface provides visual real-time feedback to patients. The aim of [...]

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 [...]

On-Body Sensing: From Gesture-Based Input to Activity-Driven Interaction

Abstract Recently, systems have emerged that utilize a broad range of sensors to facilitate gesture and motion-based interaction. Examples range from multitouch surfaces to tilt control to complex, motion-based game controllers. As these technologies become mainstream, research is already focusing on the next step: activity-driven, implicit interaction. Comments General discussion of future wearable biosensors: next-generation [...]

BIOTEX—Biosensing Textiles for Personalised Healthcare Management

Abstract …BIOTEX was an EU-funded project that aimed to develop textile sensors to measure physiological parameters and the chemical composition of body fluids, with a particular interest in sweat. A wearable sensing system has been developed that integrates a textile-based fluid handling system for sample collection and transport with a number of sensors including sodium, [...]

A Survey on Wearable Sensor-Based Systems for Health Monitoring and Prognosis

Abstract …This paper attempts to comprehensively review the current research and development on wearable biosensor systems for health monitoring. A variety of system implementations are compared in an approach to identify the technological shortcomings of the current state-of-the-art in wearable biosensor solutions. An emphasis is given to multiparameter physiological sensing system designs, providing reliable vital [...]