[soft sensors for humans]
During the research for my practice-led Ph.D. thesis ›The body in an era of absence - strategies of visibility and visualisation of interactive fashion design‹ in the field of smart health, I was often confronted with the prevailing concern of stigmatisation surrounding technical aids which are strongly associated with handicapped apparel. Because of this concern many people with special needs decide against the use of technical aids, although these can provide life-saving and protective functions for them.
The case study collection ›soft sensors for Humans‹ was developed in cooperation with Hemi help e.V. Germany and partly paralysed women. The asymmetrical design shifts the body axes, the cut construction of the garment prevents permanent slipping on the paralyzed half of the body. Vital supporting functions such as the emergency call button, the temperature warning against a risk of burns, the tactile support for the orientation in space and the fall-detector, all are integrated directly into the garment.
The re-design of the technical aids, using practice-led design methods and critical reflection, interprets the „red button“ anew. Thus the technology enables the wearer in powerful ways at the same time remaining discreetly hidden. The functions can support physically impaired, epileptic, diabetic and cardiovascular patients. A collection for humans.
In Cooperation with
HemiHelp Deutschland e.V.
unterstützt einzelne Patienten, leistet Elternarbeit, sucht innovative therapeutische Ideen, arbeitet in der Forschung und versteht sich als Ansprechpartner zu allen Fragen der Hemiparese bei Kindern.