Interactive furniture: bi-directional interaction with a vibrotactile wearable vest in an urban space

Morrison, Ann and Leegaard, Jack and Manresa-Yee, Cristina and Jensen, Walther and Knoche, Hendrik (2017) Interactive furniture: bi-directional interaction with a vibrotactile wearable vest in an urban space. In: An overview of recent advances in technologies of inclusive well-being. Intelligent Systems Reference Library, 119 (10). Springer Science+Business Media, Germany, pp. 183-220. ISBN 978-3-319-49877-5


In this study we investigate the experience for participants while wearing a vibrotactile vest that interacts with a vibroacoustic architecture The Humming Wall, set in an urban space. This public large scale artefact is built to exchange vibrotactile and physiological interactions with a vibrotactile wearable vest. The heart beats and breath rates of the vest wearers are vibroacoustically displayed at The Humming Wall. In addition, participants can swipe and knock on The Humming Wall and the vest wearer is effectively swiped and knocked upon. We work with overlapping vibrotactile outputs in order that the wearers experience a flow of sensations similar to a touch gesture. The communication advantaged vibroacoustic and vibrotactile as the primary interaction modalities for both vest wearers as well as for a passing public. The participants found the experience favourable and analysis reveals some patterns on the vest and zones at the wall impact relaxation in the form of calming and feel-good sensations, (even therapeutic) as well as activation and warning on the vest. We contribute to this research field by adding a large scale public object and visibly responsive interactive wall that was positively received as the partner responder for the wearers of a vibrotactile vest set in an urban environment. Participants reported calming, therapeutic, feel good sensations in response to the patterns.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Digital Life Lab
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 05:33
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 01:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: assistive technology: well-being; breath rate; heart rate; The Humming Wall; vibroacoustics; vibrotactile; wearable computing; wearable vest;
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-49879-9_10

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