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Altering One's Body-Perception Through E-Textiles and Haptic Metaphors

Tajadura-Jiménez, A; Väljamäe, A; Kuusk, K; (2020) Altering One's Body-Perception Through E-Textiles and Haptic Metaphors. Frontiers in Robotics and AI , 7 , Article 7. 10.3389/frobt.2020.00007. Green open access

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Abstract

Technologies change rapidly our perception of reality, moving from augmented to virtual to magical. While e-textiles are a key component in exergame or space suits, the transformative potential of the internal side of garments to create embodied experiences still remains largely unexplored. This paper is the result from an art-science collaborative project that combines recent neuroscience findings, body-centered design principles and 2D vibrotactile array-based fabrics to alter one's body perception. We describe an iterative design process intertwined with two user studies on the effects on body-perceptions and emotional responses of various vibration patterns within textile that were designed as spatial haptic metaphors. Our results show potential in considering materials (e.g., rocks) as sensations to design for body perceptions (e.g., being heavy, strong) and emotional responses. We discuss these results in terms of sensory effects on body perception and synergetic impact to research on embodiment in virtual environments, human-computer interaction, and e-textile design. The work brings a new perspective to the sensorial design of embodied experiences which is based on “material perception” and haptic metaphors, and highlights potential opportunities opened by haptic clothing to change body-perception.

Type: Article
Title: Altering One's Body-Perception Through E-Textiles and Haptic Metaphors
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/frobt.2020.00007
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2020.00007
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2020 Tajadura-Jiménez, Väljamäe and Kuusk. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Keywords: haptic clothing, e-textiles, multisensory body-perception, embodiment, virtual environments, experience design, vibration, tactile arrays
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094110
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