Face mask design to mitigate facial expression occlusion

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic dictated that wearing face masks during public interactions was the new norm across much of the globe. As the masks naturally occlude part of the wearer's face, the part of communication that occurs through facial expressions is lost, and could reduce acceptance of mask wear. To address the issue, we created 2 face mask prototypes, incorporating simple expressive display elements and evaluated them in a user study. Aiming to explore the potential for low-cost solutions, suitable for large-scale deployment, our concepts utilized bi-state electrochromic displays. One concept Mouthy Mask aimed to reproduce the image of the wearer's mouth, whilst the Smiley Mask was symbolic in nature. The smart face masks were considered useful in public contexts to support short socially expected rituals. Generally a visualization directly representing the wearer's mouth was preferred to an emoji style visualization. As a contribution, our work presents a stepping stone towards productizable solutions for smart face masks that potentially increase the acceptability of face mask wear in public.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISWC 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
EditorsKristof Van Laerhoven, Monica Tentori, Nadir Weibel
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Pages40-44
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-8077-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers - , Mexico
Duration: 12 Sep 202017 Sep 2020

Conference

ConferenceACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
Abbreviated titleUbiComp/ISWC '19
CountryMexico
Period12.09.202017.09.2020

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • electrochromic display
  • face mask
  • social acceptance
  • wearable display

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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