KINO exhibits at the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle

Kino, our Kinetic Jewelry project is now on-view in the traveling exhibition "Adorned Archetypes: A Queen Within," along with the work of our design heroes Alexander McQueen, Iris Van Herpen, Issey Miyake, and more! On view at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture until September 2, 2019. 

"Adorned Archetypes: A Queen Within"

A sampling of press the exhibition has received:

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New paper accepted to ISWC’19: Understanding Social Perceptions Towards On-Skin Interfaces

We will be presenting a new paper investigating social perceptions towards interacting with on-skin interfaces in public, at ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) 2019, the premier wearable computing conference, held in London, UK this coming September!

Abstract: Wearable devices have evolved towards intrinsic human augmentation, unlocking the human skin as an interface for seamless interaction. However, the non-traditional form factor of these on-skin interfaces, as well as the gestural interactions performed on them may raise concerns for public wear. These perceptions will influence whether a new form of technology will eventually be accepted, or rejected by society. Therefore, it is essential for researchers to consider the societal implications of device design. In this paper, we investigate the third person perceptions of a user’s interactions with an on-skin touch sensor. Specifically, we examine social perceptions towards the placement of the on-skin interface in different body locations, as well as gestural interactions performed on the device. The study was conducted in the United States and Taiwan to examine cross-cultural attitudes towards device usage. The results of this structured examination offer insight into the design of on-skin interfaces for public use.

Publication: “Understanding Social Perceptions Towards Interacting with On-Skin Interfaces in Public”, Chuang-Wen You* , Ya-Fang Li*, Elle Luo* , Hung-Yeh Lin, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao (* equal contribution). ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) 2019 (Acceptance rate 24%) (to appear)

Prof. Cindy Kao receives Einaudi Center Seed Grant

Prof. Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao receives Einaudi Center Seed Grant to study cross-cultural perspectives towards on-skin interfaces 

The Einaudi Center’s mission is to “enhance Cornell University's research and teaching about the world's regions, countries, cultures, and languages.” The Hybrid Body Lab is grateful for this support to kickstart research in cross-cultural studies towards wearable technology.

DuoSkin exhibits at the Pompidou Centre, Paris

DuoSkin, our metallic jewelry on-skin interface project is now on-view in the Pompidou Center’s “La Fabrique du vivant” exhibition. 

“La Fabrique du vivant” (Fabric of the Living):

A sampling of press the exhibition has received:

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