Wearable Tactile Technology and the Felt-Body, a Paradigm Shift

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In this article I explore a perspective that the philosophical concepts of German phenomenologist Hermann Schmitz (*1928) may open up for thinking about the growing practice of wearing textile integrated electronics directly on the body. It is my contention that traditional conceptions of wearing (non-technological) clothing on the body fail to capture the changed situation and I hence suggest a paradigm shift is needed to think about the novel scope of affects that can be related to body-technology communication. Schmitz’s concepts of the perceptive felt body, corporeal communication and emotions as atmospheres perceived as outside, on or close to the ‘material’ body will be elaborated upon to investigate how they may enhance existing notions of bodily perception and human-technology relations. The case study used for this philosophical investigation is found in the Tactile Sleeve for Social Touch, a wearable created by Elitac, HvA and UTwente, which allows sensations of stroking, tapping and touching to be communicated from one person to another across a distance.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2018
EventPhilosophy of Human Technology Relations Conference - Design Lab, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 11 Jul 201813 Jul 2018


ConferencePhilosophy of Human Technology Relations Conference
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