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MoCa'Collection: Normalizing Dynamic Textile Geometry with Capacitive Sensing in Design Centric Wearables

Daniel Geißler; Esther Zahn; Hymalai Bello; Lala Ray; Emil Woop; Bo Zhou; Paul Lukowicz; Gesche Joost
In: Adjunct Proceedings of the 2023 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing & the 2023 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computing. ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC-2023), UbiComp, located at UbiComp / ISWC 2023, October 8-12, Cancún, Mexico, Mexico, UbiComp/ISWC '23 Adjunct, Vol. 276–280, ISBN 9798400702006, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 10/2023.


In this work, we promote capacitive sensing as a versatile smart textile modality through a collection of functional wearable designs. Considering the large variety of possible garment design concepts, we outline an approach to implement smart sensing technology into garments while maintaining these diverse design possibilities. After introducing the basic functionalities of capacitive sensing and the process of designing and building a smart garment, we present an assortment of garments enabled by this technology within the MoCa’Collection. Each of the projects serves a different purpose, built by people representing different backgrounds from electrical engineers, computer scientists, digital artists to smart fashion designers, starting from technical design over digital art to our latest design of a strongly design-oriented full-body capturing suit implementing the proposed technology.


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