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Self-awareness and Interpersonal Connectedness through Shape-changing Fabric


reSpire is an interactive art installation project which lets people bring tangibility to their invisible physiological state through shape-changing fabric deformed by airflow. We explore a way to improve mental wellness via improving a self-interaction and interpersonal connectedness. reSpire encourages not only people to focus on their own inner body but also to interact with others face-to-face through playful tangible interactions and develop a empathy. We created a non-machine like interface responsive to users' respiration patterns using a fabric and its deformation in the air by airflow control. We also introduce a computational model to simulate the deformation of fabric by the variance of airflow pressure and direction. Various interaction scenarios highlight its applications not only to health but also to interactive art installation.

Kyung Yun Choi, Valentina Sumini, and Hiroshi Ishii. 2019. ReSpire: Self-awareness and Interpersonal Connectedness through Shape-changing Fabric Dispaly. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 449–454. DOI:

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