A feely solution to a touchy subject: Augmenting bodily perceptions to self-manage student stress discreetly through wearable electronic textiles

Janet Coulter (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Abstract

A Feely Solution to a Touchy Subject:
Augmenting bodily perceptions to self-manage student stress discreetly through wearable electronic textiles

This presentation describes and evaluates an e-textile concept to read and respond to female students’ sub-conscious, ‘in-the-moment’ stress by detecting biomarkers associated with stress. Interacting with nature can impact positively on wellbeing, and programming electronic-clothing with haptics simulated kinetic patterns in nature. Unobtrusive gestures such putting a hand in a pocket initiated the sensing, and feedback was realised discreetly through micro-lights and haptics. These sensory cues evoked bodily and mental perceptions which re-anchored mindsets, lowered stress and visualised biofeedback in real-time. This accessible intervention eases pressure on healthcare systems and empowers students to self-manage their daily stress in everyday settings.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUlster University
Media of outputOnline
Size1.17GB
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2022
EventFestival of PhD Research - Belfast School of Art , Belfast
Duration: 13 May 202213 May 2022

Keywords

  • e-textiles
  • Affective touch
  • discreet self-management
  • female student stress
  • sub-conscious stress
  • wellbeing

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