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Haptic Experience of Users Engaging with Diverse Materials for Wrist Wearables, 2022

EDA, Heart Rate Sensor, Thermal Plastic, Steel Silk, etc. Dimensions Variables

*Harvard Graduate School of Design Team - Jiwon Woo and Sarah Nichita 


This study aims to explore the potential effect of wearable materials on human arousal. Learning more about how the perception of wearable materials may directly influence our haptic experiences. This may have significant implications for the wearable industry, new material research, and sustainability. We hope to explore affective haptics by providing greater insight into the emotional effects of wearable materials. Our research explores questions: Can our psychological state be influenced by the different textures of wearable materials? Will bio-based materials and synthetic materials be perceived differently? Can wearable materials mediate human arousal responses?  What types of materials arouse what kinds of emotional responses? What implications does this have for smart wearable technology and futuristic, new materials? How can those advances ultimately contribute to new forms of wearable industry and more sustainable materials?

“Wearable devices are defined as devices embedded within clothes, watches, or accessories. Wrist-worn devices, as a type of wearable devices, have gained popularity among other wearable devices. They allow quick access to vital information, and they are suitable for many applications.”

Rasha M. Al-Eidan, Hend Al-Khalifa, Abdul Malik Al-Salman, "A Review of Wrist-Worn Wearable: Sensors, Models, and Challenges", Journal of Sensors, vol. 2018

Experiment Results

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