Preliminary study of the subjective comfort and emotional effects of on-body compression

Esther Foo, J. Walter Lee, Simon Ozbek, Brad Holschuh

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Abstract

The sensation of touch is integral to everyday life. Current haptics research focuses mainly on vibrations, tap, and point pressures, but the sensation of distributed pressures such as compression are often overlooked. We investigated the subjective comfort and emotional effects of applied on-body compression, specifically on the torso and upper arms, through a pilot user study incorporating a novel, low-profile, and actively-controllable compression garment. The active compression garment was embedded with contractile shape memory alloys (SMAs) to create dynamic compression on the body. Qualitative interview data collected (n=8) were used to generate a list of findings to inform the future creation of a computer-mediated compression garment that is wearable, comfortable, and safe for use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISWC 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages128-131
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359672
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 8 2018
Event22nd International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2018 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Oct 8 2018Oct 12 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC
ISSN (Print)1550-4816

Conference

Conference22nd International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2018
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period10/8/1810/12/18

Keywords

  • Affective Haptics
  • Human Factors.
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Wearable Technology

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