Wearable Research – Ruocha Wang

Wingsuit

Wingsuit formation flight over a coast | Wikipedia
Drawing of a Wingsuit

Practice it works in

Wingsuit flying is the sport of flying through the air using a wingsuit which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift. 

Specific use

The modern wingsuit, first developed in the late 1990s, creates a surface area with fabric between the legs and under the arms [1]. It allows the user to “fly” in the air after jumping from the aircraft and before deploying a parachute.

Mobility

With most parts made with fabric, the wingsuit does not constrain body movements very much. It even facilitates the “flying” posture of the user.

Utility vs Fashionability

We can’t stress utility enough, as wingsuit flying is considered an extreme sport. If we look at available products in the market, they are mostly made of thick fabric in plain color, without patterns or excess accessories. Fashionability is different from normal clothing. What considered fashionable for a wingsuit might be thick stitches and small shiny metal parts.

Hood Wearable Musical Instrument

Rhó and the Hood Wearable Musical Instrument | Georgia Tech Wearable Computing Center

Practice it works in

Hood is designed for music artists. It is about “building a way of making music that also involves self-expression”.

Specific use

The artist plays music by touching the soft keyboard on his right chest. It could take a while to learn, but once the artist masters the new instrument, it becomes part of his body and helps him express himself.

Mobility

Hood consists of soft sensors, portable processor, a communication module, and breathable light fabric. The artist can easily carry it on the body without extra effort.

Utility vs Fashionability

Hood is made for music performance. The shape of Hood a strip that crosses the neck and hangs on both sides of the body. The donning (wearing on) and doffing (taking off) process are simple and fast. The LED lights provide feedback to the artist and the audience. What considered fashionable for art performance here is what enhances the expression of individuality of the artist. Hood certainly does well.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wingsuit_flying

[2] http://wcc.gatech.edu/content/rh%C3%B3-and-hood-wearable-musical-instrument

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