User experiences of garment-based dynamic compression for novel haptic applications

Esther W. Foo, J. Walter Lee, Crystal Compton, Simon Ozbek, Brad Holschuh

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Compression is a haptic stimulus used in medical interventions (e.g., compression stockings) and has the potential to be integrated into new research areas (e.g., immersive VR experiences, distributed notification mechanisms), yet remains largely understudied. This work investigates the user experience of compression garment technologies that are dynamic, remotely controllable, and low mass, to better address this research gap. Shape memory alloy-based compression garments, capable of creating spatially- and temporally- dynamic on-body compression, were designed and deployed in a user study (n=17, 8M/9F) to understand the effects of compression, and to draw insights for future compression-based applications. The major takeaways are: (1) importance of and sizing/fit, (2) individual/gender preferences and need for customizability, and (3) the relationship between context-specific stimulation and perception.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISWC 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368704
StatePublished - Sep 9 2019
Event23rd International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2019 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 9 2019Sep 13 2019

Publication series

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


Conference23rd International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by NSF grant #1656995 and IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Haptics "Innovation in haptics" program.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Association for Computing Machinery.


  • Compression Feedback
  • Functional Clothing
  • Hugging Vest
  • Human Factors
  • Shape Memory Alloys
  • Wearable Haptics


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