Exploring Interactions and Perceptions of Kinetic Wearables

June 10, 2017


Hsin-Liu (Cindy) Kao, Deborah Ajilo, Oksana Anilionyte, Artem Dementyev, Inrak Choi, Sean Follmer, and Chris Schmandt. 2017. Exploring Interactions and Perceptions of Kinetic Wearables. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17)


Jewelry and accessories have long been objects for decorating the human body; however they remain static and non-interactive. This work explores opportunities for accessory-like kinetic wearables and their association with individual style. We developed Kino, a kinetic accessory system which enables both aesthetic and functional clothing-specific design possibilities. We engaged both fashion designers and everyday users to unpack envisioned use cases and perceptions of the system. Participants viewed the devices not as gadgets but as companions due to their close proximity to the body. They envisioned a wide range of usage scenarios, highlighting the complexity of mobility in relation to personal style. We observe how mobility offers opportunities for fluid representations of self, which is unachievable though static clothing and accessories. We also outline how personalized aesthetics is important for the meaning making of novel on-body devices.

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