Pneu-skin: A haptic social interface with inflatable fabrics

Yujie Wang, Marcela Godoy

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    Abstract

    Wearable electronics endow us a great capacity to see clothing as an extension of our body and an interface to interact with our physical and social environment. The fashion industry is experimenting with new tectonics and materiality, however, few projects have explored wearables in the public and social domains and how it can dynamically respond to a wide range of interpersonal distances in social interaction. PNEU-SKIN is a pneumatic wearable that uses critical making as a research strategy to explore interactive and soft interfaces to create soft boundaries between private and public space. This paper proposes an embodied computation agenda and describes the design and prototyping process of a multi-sensory smart skin in response to varying social distance in interpersonal communication. By looking at adaptive behaviors in nature and the way that certain animal species respond to external stimuli by increasing their size and providing multi-sensory responses, PNEU-SKIN looks into how our clothing could become an adaptable skin to redefine interpersonal communication experience within everyday social interaction.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProjections - Proceedings of the 26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2021
    EditorsAnastasia Globa, Jeroen van Ameijde, Adam Fingrut, Nayeon Kim, Tian Tian Sky Lo
    PublisherThe Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
    Pages713-722
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9789887891758
    StatePublished - 2021
    Event26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Projections, CAADRIA 2021 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Duration: Mar 29 2021Apr 1 2021

    Publication series

    NameProjections - Proceedings of the 26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2021
    Volume1

    Conference

    Conference26th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Projections, CAADRIA 2021
    Country/TerritoryHong Kong
    CityHong Kong
    Period3/29/214/1/21

    Keywords

    • Critical making
    • Embodied computation
    • Interpersonal communication
    • Pneumatic wearables
    • Sensory feedback

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Building and Construction

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