This is the accompanying video for our work “BodyHub: A Reconfigurable Wearable System for Clothing” by Andreas Peetz, Konstantin Klamka, and Raimund Dachselt. The Poster will be published in the ACM Digital Library and presented at the ACM UIST 2019 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
While mobile technologies are moving closer to our body and
novel wearable gadgets and smart textile interfaces emerge,
current approaches are often expensive individual solutions
for specific applications and lack reconfiguration possibilities.
With this work, we introduce BodyHub, a modular wearable
approach that allows users to realize their own smart garment
applications by arranging and configuring exchangeable functional
modules. To address individual user requirements and
preferences, we developed a comprehensive repertoire of input
and output modules that can be placed freely onto slide-in
sockets which are imprinted in the textile by using 3D printing.
Further, we developed a smartphone companion app that facilitates
the creation of user-defined system functions without
any programming skills. BodyHub thereby allows the creation
of personalized wearable solutions by the users themselves
and also supports ad-hoc assemblies for interface design explorations
in research labs. To demonstrate the range of possible
applications, we describe real-world use-cases from the areas
of work life, shopping, mobility, and gaming.
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