From Wearables to Soft-Wear: Developing Soft User Interfaces by Seamlessly Integrating Interactive Technology into Fashionable Apparel

  • Daniel Gilgen
  • T. Raune Frankjaer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8520)


The development of electronic features for use in apparel has advanced rapidly in recent years, and applications in athletic wear have been particularly successful. However, ‘Smart Fashion’ has not yet been integrated into everyday garments. In this paper we propose a new approach to the design of interfaces in Smart Fashion, which we refer to as the Soft User Interface (SUI). The ways in which e-textiles physically convey information differs greatly from traditional ways in that information is communicated via graphical user interfaces on computers, smartphones or on WearComp devices. As a result of our research, we advocate the use of iconic and indexical signs for Smart Fashion as these are widely accessible and understood. As an extension to this new interface paradigm, we expect that the harvesting of biometric data, including bodily gestures, will significantly extend the possibilities of SUIs.


Smart Fashion applied semantics gestural input embedded electronics physical computing wearable networks hybrid space interactive technology Soft User Interface SUI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Gilgen
    • 1
  • T. Raune Frankjaer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DesignTrier University of Applied SciencesTrierGermany

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