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2006 10th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers (2006)
Montreux, Switzerland
Oct. 11, 2006 to Oct. 14, 2006
ISSN: 1550-4816
ISBN: 1-4244-0597-1
pp: 75-82
James Knight , School of Electronic, Electrical&Computer Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15
Daniel Deen-Williams , School of Electronic, Electrical&Computer Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15
Theodoros Arvanitis , School of Electronic, Electrical&Computer Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15
Chris Baber , School of Electronic, Electrical&Computer Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15
Sofoklis Sotiriou , Research&Development Dept., Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Athens, Greece
Stamatina Anastopoulou , Research&Development Dept., Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Athens, Greece
Michael Gargalakos , Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Athens, Greece
ABSTRACT
In terms of mounting a computer on the body, the computer's weight, size, shape, placement and method of attachment can elicit a number of effects. Inappropriate design may mean that the wearer is unable to perform specific tasks or achieve goals. Excessive stress on the body may result in perceptions of discomfort, which may in turn affect task performance, but ultimately raises issues of health and safety. This paper proposes a methodology for assessing the affects of wearing a computer in terms of physiological energy expenditure, the biomechanical effects due to changes in movement patterns, posture and perceptions of localised pain and discomfort due to musculoskeletal loading, and perceptions of well-being through comfort assessment. From ratings of these effects the paper proposes 5 levels to determine the wearability of a computer.
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CITATION

M. Gargalakos et al., "Assessing the Wearability of Wearable Computers," 2006 10th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers(ISWC), Montreux, Switzerland, 2006, pp. 75-82.
doi:10.1109/ISWC.2006.286347
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