Knitted Sensors: User Perceptions

Recent work has investigated the construction of touch-sensitive knitted fabrics, capable of being manufactured at scale, and having only two connections to external hardware. Additionally, several sensor design patterns and application prototypes have been introduced. Our aim is to start shaping the future of this technology according to user expectations. Through a formative focus group study, we explore users' views of using these fabrics in different contexts and discuss potential concerns and application areas. Subsequently, we take steps toward addressing relevant questions, by first providing design guidelines for application designers. Furthermore, in one user study, we demonstrate that it is possible to distinguish different swipe gestures and identify accidental contact with the sensor, a common occurrence in everyday life. We then present experiments investigating the effect of stretching and laundering of the sensors on their resistance, providing insights about considerations necessary to include in computational models.


Denisa Qori McDonald, Shruti Mahajan, Richard James Vallet, Erin Solovey, Genevieve Dion, and Ali Shokoufandeh. Interaction with Touch–Sensitive Knitted Fabrics: User Perceptions and Every-day Use Experiments. ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). New Orleans, LA, USA, 2022.