Therapeutic touch: Reactive clothing for anxiety

Gozde Goncu-Berk, Tara Halsted, Ruoyu Zhang, Tingrui Pan

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

The emotional and physical health benefits that come by being touched in safe ways are well established. Therapeutic touch has been used for conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder and Dementia as a calming agent. Smart clothing and textiles have the potential to not only sense, monitor and collect data (inputs) but also to act on the body with embedded actuation capabilities (outputs) such as promoting mechanical, electrical and thermal tactile stimuli. Thus far, the emphasis in the design of wearables, including smart clothing, has been on inputs, with comparatively little research on the responsive output capabilities. This research presents design requirements for development of a user-friendly wearable product for compression therapy and reports development of a reactive undershirt with embedded textile-based pneumatic actuators that deliver tactile stimulation in response to change in emotional state to calm anxiety. The proposed design can offer novel ways of complementing care to empower people with dementia in everyday situations because of its ubiquitous nature and its affordance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages239-242
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375320
DOIs
StatePublished - May 18 2020
Event14th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Oct 6 2020Oct 8 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference14th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/6/2010/8/20

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Compression
  • Pneumatic
  • Smart Clothing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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