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Towards a Taxonomy for In-Vehicle Interactions Using Wearable Smart Textiles: Insights from a User-Elicitation Study

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Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou 215123, China
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Department of Chemistry, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou 215123, China
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School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, UK
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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3(2), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3020033
Received: 15 March 2019 / Revised: 15 April 2019 / Accepted: 27 April 2019 / Published: 9 May 2019
Textiles are a vital and indispensable part of our clothing that we use daily. They are very flexible, often lightweight, and have a variety of application uses. Today, with the rapid developments in small and flexible sensing materials, textiles can be enhanced and used as input devices for interactive systems. Clothing-based wearable interfaces are suitable for in-vehicle controls. They can combine various modalities to enable users to perform simple, natural, and efficient interactions while minimizing any negative effect on their driving. Research on clothing-based wearable in-vehicle interfaces is still underexplored. As such, there is a lack of understanding of how to use textile-based input for in-vehicle controls. As a first step towards filling this gap, we have conducted a user-elicitation study to involve users in the process of designing in-vehicle interactions via a fabric-based wearable device. We have been able to distill a taxonomy of wrist and touch gestures for in-vehicle interactions using a fabric-based wrist interface in a simulated driving setup. Our results help drive forward the investigation of the design space of clothing-based wearable interfaces for in-vehicle secondary interactions. View Full-Text
Keywords: wearable interfaces; in-vehicle interactions; fabric-based wrist interfaces; user-elicitation wearable interfaces; in-vehicle interactions; fabric-based wrist interfaces; user-elicitation
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Nanjappan, V.; Shi, R.; Liang, H.-N.; Lau, K. .-T.; Yue, Y.; Atkinson, K. Towards a Taxonomy for In-Vehicle Interactions Using Wearable Smart Textiles: Insights from a User-Elicitation Study. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3, 33.

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