How do you think, could a dress or a jacket make you feel more confident, evoke pleasant memories, or communicate the emotions of your partner at a distance? Yes, it certainly can. By joining this course, you will find out not only how but will create your own vibrotactile feedback embedded in a wearable form, such as a garment or an accessory.
This one-week hands-on experimental course will introduce core design principles related to novel wearable technology with a focus on vibrotactile feedback. The main goal is to explore how to design and build wearables that communicate rich information via tactile sense.
During the first half of the course the students will learn the fundamental design principle for wearables, then will dive deeper into vibrotactile feedback and how it can be designed to communicate rich information.
During the second half of the course, the students will work in groups to first ideate, then create the vibrotactile patterns to convey information for the selected user scenario. The students will work with the specialized software to create vibrotactile patterns and will use Arduino controllers, and actuators to build high-fidelity prototypes.
The outcome of the course is to design and build a working wearable prototype that can be used for evaluation.
During the course, the students will be supported by experts in Interaction Design and Haptics, Smart Textiles, and Arduino programming engineers.