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Cross-cutting Challenges
California West and East, Chairs: Gregory J. Gerling and Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
Expanding Sensory Interactions: The Path to Intelligent Clothes and Objects Able to Change the Way We Communicate with the World
Domenico Prattichizzo, Claudio Pacchierotti, and Leonardo Meli
(University of Siena, Italy; CNRS, France)
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Abstract: Research on haptic interfaces has historically developed around grounded kinesthetic devices. The pursuit of more wearable technologies led next to the development of exoskeletons. Although exoskeletons can be considered wearable, they are often quite heavy and cumbersome. More recent research has sought to extend the definition of a “wearable device” beyond something merely suitable to be worn. A wearable haptic device should also be small, easy to carry, comfortable, and it should not impair the motion of the wearer. But wearable haptics is not only applying haptic stimuli in a seamless way. Recent advancements in textile engineering are showing remarkable results in innovative smart clothes, which embed lightweight and thin sensors, either haptic or inertial. For example, Levi’s and Google developed a haptic jacket which enables users to control their smartphones by touching an instrumented sleeve.

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Time stamp: 2019-06-20T19:07:48+02:00