Smart materials provide real-time insight into wearers' emotions

ScienceDaily | 6/28/2019 | Staff
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Researchers from Lancaster University's School of Computing and Communications have worked with smart materials on wrist-worn prototypes that can aid people diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorders in monitoring their emotions.

Wrist bands that change colour depending upon the level of emotional arousal allow users to easily see or feel what is happening without having to refer to mobile or desktop devices.

Emotions - Skills - People - Co-author - Muhammad

"Knowing our emotions and how we can control them are complex skills that many people find difficult to master," said co-author Muhammad Umair, who will present the research at DIS 19 in San Diego.

"We wanted to create low-cost, simple prototypes to support understanding and engagement with real-time changes in arousal. The idea is to develop self-help technologies that people can use in their everyday life and be able to see what they are going through. Wrist-worn private affective wearables can serve as a bridge between mind and body and can really help people connect to their feelings.

Work - Technologies - Graphs - Visualisations - Biosignals

"Previous work on this technologies has focused on graphs and abstract visualisations of biosignals, on traditions mobile and desktop interfaces. But we have focused on devices that are wearable and provide not only visual signals but also can be felt through vibration, a tightening feeling or heat sensation without the need to access other programmes -- as a result we believe the prototype devices provide real-time rather than historic data."

The researchers worked...
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