Design considerations
Design Considerations


Sizing, Fit, Ergonomics, and Manufacture of Wearable Technology

Most of the exciting developments in smart clothing and wearable technology happen first in the lab: in controlled environments using a small number of prototype garments and devices. Before they can be manufactured and sold, there are many additional challenges to be addressed. For example: a garment with embedded sensors may work well when it is custom-designed to fit a specific person, so that the sensors end up in the right places. What happens when that same garment is made into a range of sizes and sold off-the-shelf? Where will these sensors end up on differently-shaped people? Our work looks at identifying key barriers to mass-production of wearable technology and smart clothing, and charting the lay of the land for each of these areas so that manufacturers can make good decisions and develop better products.


Related Publications

Ashdown, Susan P., and Lucy Dunne. "A study of automated custom fit: Readiness of the technology for the apparel industry." Clothing and Textiles Research Journal 24, no. 2 (2006): 121-136

Dunne, Lucy E., and Barry Smyth. "Psychophysical elements of wearability." In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, pp. 299-302. ACM, 2007.

Erickson, Kira, Molly McMahon, Lucy E. Dunne, Christopher Larsen, Brian Olmstead, and Jeremy Hipp. "Design and Analysis of a Sensor-Enabled In-Ear Device for Physiological Monitoring." Journal of Medical Devices 10, no. 2 (2016): 020966.

Gioberto, Guido, Cheol-Hong Min, Crystal Compton, and Lucy E. Dunne. "Lower-limb goniometry using stitched sensors: effects of manufacturing and wear variables." In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, pp. 131-132. ACM, 2014

Granberry, Rachael, Julia Duvall, Lucy E. Dunne, and Bradley Holschuh. "An analysis of anthropometric geometric variability of the lower leg for the fit & function of advanced functional garments." In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, pp. 10-17. ACM, 2017.

Griffin, Linsey, Crystal Compton, and Lucy E. Dunne. "An analysis of the variability of anatomical body references within ready-to-wear garment sizes." In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, pp. 84-91. ACM, 2016

Griffin, Linsey A., and Lucy E. Dunne. "Effects of Ready-to-Wear Sizing Conventions on Sensor Placement for Medical Wearable Sensing." Journal of Medical Devices 10, no. 2 (2016): 020939.

Funded by MNDrive Program and National Science Foundation (grants IIS-1116719, CNS-1253581)

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