Physical Add-Ons for Haptic Human-Surrounding Interaction and Sensorial Augmentation

  • Eva Lindell
  • Arthur Theil
  • Li Guo
  • Nasrine Olson
  • Oliver Korn
  • Nils-Krister PerssonEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1253)


Interaction and capturing information from the surrounding is dominated by vision and hearing. Haptics on the other side, widens the bandwidth and could also replace senses (sense switching) for impaired. Haptic technologies are often limited to point-wise actuation. Here, we show that actuation in two-dimensional matrices instead creates a richer input. We describe the construction of a full-body garment for haptic communication with a distributed actuating network. The garment is divided into attachable-detachable panels or add-ons that each can carry a two dimensional matrix of actuating haptic elements. Each panel adds to an enhanced sensoric capability of the human- garment system so that together a 720° system is formed. The spatial separation of the panels on different body locations supports semantic and theme-wise separation of conversations conveyed by haptics. It also achieves directional faithfulness, which is maintaining any directional information about a distal stimulus in the haptic input.


Smart textiles Haptic communication Sense technology Directional faithfulness Multi-panel 



This work has been partially funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 780814 SUITCEYES.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Lindell
    • 1
    • 2
  • Arthur Theil
    • 3
  • Li Guo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nasrine Olson
    • 4
  • Oliver Korn
    • 3
  • Nils-Krister Persson
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Swedish School of Textiles, Polymeric E-textilesUniversity of BoråsBoråsSweden
  2. 2.Smart Textiles, Smart Textiles Technology LabUniversity of BoråsBoråsSweden
  3. 3.Affective and Cognitive InstituteOffenburg University of Applied SciencesOffenburgGermany
  4. 4.Swedish School of Library and Information ScienceUniversity of BoråsBoråsSweden

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