How do you communicate if you cannot speak and your movement is limited? To help clients with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities (PIMD), DesignLab researcher Kristin Neidlinger created Orbee, wearable technology that ‘gives their bodies a voice’.
Garments made of smart fabric that contracts and gives you haptic stimulation. That is the end goal of a new European project WEAFING (Wearable Electroactive Fabrics Integrated in Garments). Led by the UT, the international collaboration is officially starting today with a kick-off event on campus.
Lighting that knows when you are sad and tries to cheer you up. Or a bracelet that measures your mood and helps you control your emotions. Those are examples of emphathic technologies, a research field UT scientists are involved in and the topic of tomorrow’s symposium organized in the DesignLab.
Would you like shoes that automatically post updates on Facebook or Twitter? Or perhaps a shirt that controls your music player? Then you should contact Ricardo de Oliveira Nascimento, an artist and a researcher in the field of interactive art and wearable technology.