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, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 231–240 | Cite as

Affective wearables

  • R. W. Picard
  • J. Healey
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Abstract

An ‘affective wearable’ is a wearable system equipped with sensors and tools which enables recognition of its wearer's affective patterns. Affective patterns include expressions of emotion such as a joyful smile, an angry gesture, a strained voice or a change in autonomic nervous system activity such as accelerated heart rate or increasing skin conductivity. This paper describes new applications of affective wearables, and presents a prototype which gathers physiological signals and their annotations from its wearer. Results of preliminary experiments of its performance are reported for a user wearing four different sensors and engaging in several natural activities.

Keywords

Heart Rate Nervous System User Interface System Activity Autonomic Nervous System 
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© Springer-Verlag London Ltd 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. W. Picard
    • 1
  • J. Healey
    • 1
  1. 1.MIT Media LaboratoryCambridgeUSA

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