Workshop on Smart Garments: Sensing, Actuation, Interaction, and Applications in Garments
Cloths offer the chance to unobtrusively integrate new functionalities, but most wearable electronic devices that have come to market are technically similar to smart phones. They come in the form factor of watches and glasses, which are wearable. It is essential to take into account that garments and cloths are fundamentally different from these electronic devices. Including wearable sensing, actuation, and communication technologies directly into garments offers great opportunities, but is technically still a great challenge. Manufacturing processes for fabrics and cloths, drivers for fashion, and user expectation with regard to comfort and durability are not comparable to classical electronic devices.
In smart watches and glasses applications resemble common smart
phone functionality (e.g., picture taking, (instant) messaging, voice
communication, presentation of reminders) with new input and output
channels. In contrast to this, new possibilities for sensing,
actuation, and interaction are opening entirely new applications on
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