Garment-based body sensing using foam sensors

Lucy E. Dunne, Sarah Brady, Richard Tynan, Kim Lau, Barry Smyth, Dermot Diamond, G. M.P. O'Hare

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9 Scopus citations


Wearable technology is omnipresent to the user. Thus, it has the potential to be significantly disruptive to the user's daily life. Context awareness and intuitive device interfaces can help to minimize this disruption, but only when the sensing technology itself is not physically intrusive: i.e., when the interface preserves the user's homeostatic comfort. This work evaluates a novel foambased sensor for use in body-monitoring for contextaware and gestural interfaces. The sensor is particularly attractive for wearable interfaces due to its positive wearability characteristics (softness, pliability, washability), but less precise than other similar sensors. The sensor is applied in the garment-based monitoring of breathing, shoulder lift (shrug), and directional arm movement, and its accuracy is evaluated in each application. We find the foam technology most successful in detecting the presence of movement events using a single sensor, and less successful in measuring precise, relative movements from the coordinated responses of multiple sensors. The implications of these results are considered from a wearable computing perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUser Interfaces 2006 - Proceedings of the 7th Australasian User Interface Conference, AUIC 2006
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2006
Event7th Australasian User Interface Conference, AUIC 2006 - Hobart, TAS, Australia
Duration: Jan 16 2006Jan 19 2006

Publication series

NameConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series
ISSN (Print)1445-1336


Other7th Australasian User Interface Conference, AUIC 2006
CityHobart, TAS


  • Body sensing
  • Context awareness
  • Gestural interfaces
  • Wearable computing
  • Wearable technology


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