Human-centred design blending smart technology with emotional responses: Case study on interactive clothing for couples

DS 87-8 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 8: Human Behaviour in Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Weizhen, Wang; Nagai, Yukari; Yuan, Fang
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan; 2: Dalian Polytechnic University, Japan
Section: Human Behaviour in Design
Page(s): 051-058
ISBN: 978-1-904670-96-4
ISSN: 2220-4342


Following the further development of the Internet of Things (IoT), rapid dissemination of smart clothing will begin. Previously, researchers have generally focused on high-tech approaches to implementing smart clothing design, with some success. Nevertheless, the complex sociological aspects of clothing, i.e., its interactive symbolism and properties of emotional expression, should not be ignored. In this paper, interactive clothing for a couple is used as a representative example to investigate the “why, how, and what” design principles, with a human-centred bias. Focusing on blending smart technology with emotional responses, LEDs and range sensors are integrated into prototype clothing design, both design and engineering concepts are employed in the interactive clothing development process. Adjective pairs extracted via a semantic differential method are used for a kansei evaluation. Then, the emotional structure underlying human clothing-related behavior is examined. The development of interactive clothing to date is summarized, along with further perspectives and actions required to proceed from the present development stage of 1.0 to stage 3.0.

Keywords: Design methodology, Design engineering, Evaluation, Interactive clothing design, Emotional expression


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