Sensing the environment through SpiderSense

February 7th, 2013

Categories: Applications, Devices, Human Factors, Software, User Groups

Victor Mateevisti wearing SpiderSense
Victor Mateevisti wearing SpiderSense


Mateevitsi,V., Haggadone, B., Leigh, J., Kunzer, B., Kenyon, R.V.


Recent scientific advances allow the use of technology to expand the number of forms of energy that can be perceived by humans. Smart sensors can detect hazards that human sensors are unable to perceive, for example radiation. This fusing of technology to human’s forms of perception enables exciting new ways of perceiving the world around us. In this paper we describe the design of SpiderSense, a wearable device that projects the wearer’s near environment on the skin and allows for directional awareness of objects around him. The millions of sensory receptors that cover the skin presents opportunities for conveying alerts and messages. We discuss the challenges and considerations of designing similar wearable devices.

Categories and Subject Descriptors: H.5.1 [Multimedia Information Systems]: Multimedia Information Systems|Artificial, augmented, and virtual realities; H.5.2 [User Interfaces]: Haptic I/O

General Terms: Algorithms, Design, Experimentation

Keywords: Environment Perception, Human Augmentics, SpiderSense, Tactile Displays, Wearable Computing




Mateevitsi,V., Haggadone, B., Leigh, J., Kunzer, B., Kenyon, R.V., Sensing the environment through SpiderSense, Augmented Human ’13, 4th International Conference in Cooperation with ACM SIGCHI, Stuttgart, Germany, February 7th, 2013.