Alju Dress: Pets as a Metaphor for Wearable Display Designs

Caglar Genc, Paula Roinesalo, Jonna Häkkilä

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Alju is inspired by the pet-owner relationship and mimics exotic birds living on our bodies. It is a dress that interacts with sudden changes in its surroundings by reacting to the sounds around it. It indicates moderate and high noise levels by imitating bird wings moving on the garment in different velocities. Just like a pet, it acts ambiguously and requires us to pay attention to its intentions and try to interpret why it acts the way that it does. In this regard, our work aims to present pets as a metaphor for designing wearable displays and transferring animal-like behaviors to a garment to replicate emotional communication between pets and their owners, easing the way the wearer perceives the challenges of wearable displays automatically modifying her appearance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAugmented Humans 2022
EditorsMasaaki Mochimaru, Yuichi Kurita, Martin Schmitz, Karola Marky
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9632-5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAHs 2022:Augmented Humans 2022 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 13 Mar 202215 Mar 2022

Publication series

SeriesProceedings of the Augmented Humans 2022


ConferenceAHs 2022:Augmented Humans 2022
City Munich


  • Ambient Displays
  • Pet
  • Self-expression
  • Fashion
  • Wearable Displays
  • Social Wearables

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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