Exploring the Design of Interactive Smart Textiles for Emotion Regulation

Mengqi Jiang, Martijn ten Bhömer, Hai Ning Liang*

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The present study aims to investigate the design of interactive textiles for emotion regulation. In this work we proposed a design which allows users to visualize their physiological data and help regulate their emotions. We used the Research through Design method to explore how physiological data could be represented in four different interactive textiles and how movement-based interaction could be designed to support users’ understanding and regulation of their emotional state. After an initial user interview evaluation with several textile prototypes, light and vibration were selected as modalities within the biofeedback-based interaction. A smart interactive shawl that reacts to changes in emotional arousal was designed to help the users know their emotion and adjust it, if necessary, with the support of electrodermal activity sensor and pressure-based sensors. The results of the second study showed that the smart shawl could help the user to visualize their emotions and reduce their stress level by interacting with it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI International 2020 – Late Breaking Papers
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Human Modeling and Ergonomics, Mobility and Intelligent Environments - 22nd HCI International Conference, HCII 2020, Proceedings
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis, Vincent G. Duffy, Norbert Streitz, Shin’ichi Konomi, Heidi Krömker
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783030599867
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2020 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 19 Jul 202024 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12429 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2020


  • Design
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interactive textiles
  • Research through Design
  • Smart textiles

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