Lovewear: Haptic Clothing that Allows Intimate Exploration for Movement-Impaired People

Emanuela Corti, Ivan Parati, christian dils*

*Corresponding author for this work

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People with disabilities often face physical, political, and societal barriers in expressing their sexuality. The lack of inclusivity in the sex toy market does not support an autonomous experience for impaired individuals who cannot operate toys without external assistance. Lovewear is a collaborative art-science project that combines usercentered design principles with soft robotics integrated into textiles. The aim is to offer an autonomous experience through haptic feedback, allowing self-exploration of intimate sensations and sexual pleasure to females with motor impairments. A pillow interface activates an underwear garment: While caressing and touching the pillow, the wearer triggers the underwear’s inflatable i actuators. This transdisciplinary project used a mixed-methods research design; the objective is to promote the embedment of technology into everyday garments, to improve the wearer’s quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-152
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • wearables
  • inclusivity
  • Co-creation
  • Intimacy
  • design
  • multidisciplinary
  • sex toy
  • disability


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