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5 Author(s)
Gemperle, F. ; Inst. for Complex Eng. Syst., Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Kasabach, C. ; Stivoric, J. ; Bauer, M.
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Digital Technology is constantly improving as information becomes wireless. These advances demand more wearable and mobile form factors for products that access information. A product that is wearable should have wearability. This paper explores the concept of dynamic wearability, through design research. Wearability is defined as the interaction between the human body and the wearable object. Dynamic wearability extends that definition to include the human body in motion. Our research has been to locate, understand, and define the spaces on the human body where solid and flexible forms can rest-without interfering with fluid human movement. The result is a set of design guidelines embodied in a set of wearable forms. These wearable forms describe the three dimensional spaces on the body best suited for comfortable and unobtrusive wearability by design.

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Wearable Computers, 1998. Digest of Papers. Second International Symposium on

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19-20 Oct. 1998