Research : Activity Shirt

We pondered on how to display activity in the garments and who would benefit on wearing such a garment. We created a stylish blouse which displays activity of the user who are in this case office ladies. It is a fact that after sitting 30 minutes it becomes harmful for the body and office workers tend to have a sedentary lifestyle.

I designed the garment and chose to use the fiber optic fabric as a display element. Together with my colleague PhD student Hong Li we searched information about usual day of the office workers and the style of business casual. The final blouse was made from silk and it was sewn Researcher and Coordinator Piia Rytilahti. The interaction design and elecgtronic engineering was made by post doc researcher Ashley Colley and research assistant Jesse Forest.

The first article from the blouse called: “Concept Design of an Ambient Wearable Display for Activity Tracking” and it was co-written with Hong Li and Professor Jonna Häkkilä. I presented the paper in the workshop: Augmented Humanity using Wearable and Mobile Devices for Health and Wellbeing which was arranged in MobileHCI 2018 – 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services.

After that we developed the idea of the shirt and the next article called: “Idle Stripes Shirt – Ambient Wearable Display for Activity Tracking”. It was co-written with Ashley Colley, Piia Rytilahti, Hong Li, Jesse Forest and Jonna Häkkilä. We changed the displayed thing from how much user had move to how much user had sat down. The leds were lighting up one by one when user sat down. In order to get rid of the lights the user had to move.

The Idle Stripes Shirt won the Design Exhibition in ISWC 2018 – The International Symposium on Wearable Computers in the category of Fiber Arts.

Then it was time to proceed to the user tests and after that we co-wrote article and submitted it to the Special Issue on Augmented Humanity using Wearable and Mobile Devices for Health and Wellbeing – and we are currently waiting for the reviews.

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