“Embodisuit: A Wearable Platform for Embodied Knowledge” by Sophia Brueckner, Rachel Freire


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    Embodisuit: A Wearable Platform for Embodied Knowledge

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    “Technology is not neutral. We’re inside of what we make, and it’s inside of us. We’re living in a world of connections — and it matters which ones get made and unmade.” _Donna Haraway

    The Embodisuit allows its wearer to map personally chosen signals from an IoT platform to combinations of physical sensations on their body. The wearer customizes the garment with haptic modules attached with snaps to create sensations of heat, cold, vibration, and more. These sensations can be constant or infrequent, subtle or jarring, singular or grouped, and they are entirely configurable by the wearer for both practical and poetic purposes. A few examples:

    – Inspired by “feeling the weather in your bones”, you feel a gentle buzz on your wrist 20 minutes before it rains.

    – The sun shines in your favorite place. The modules across your back gently warm your neck and shoulders.

    – A hummingbird flies under your window at home. You feel a ripple down your spine.


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