My research focus is how electronic textiles (eTextiles) an be used as haptic interfaces, and so focusing on the tactile potential of this medium as opposed to the visual. I will be exploring the use of eTextiles specifically by blind and visually impaired people, with areas of interest being:
• eTextile sensory tools used for creative experiences such as storytelling
• Wearables which allow for biofeedback of a user
• The emotional linkage that can be found between touch and eTextiles
As well as building prototypes I will be conducting user studies in which participants will create their own eTextile objects which will feed into the design process.
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