BodyVis

A wearable, e-textile shirt displaying real-time visualizations of how your body is working via “organs” with embedded LED lights. See how food is moving through your body, how fast your heart is beating, and how your lungs are filling and emptying.

Version 2.1 of BodyVis was recently completed and deployed for user testing. We are currently recruiting K-6 elementary school teachers who teach anatomy and physiology in their curriculum for 45-60 minute interviews. We are also field testing BodyVis with groups of children for design evaluations and usability feedback. If you are interested in participating in our teacher interviews, please email Leyla Norooz at leylan at umd dot edu. We will provide compensation for your generous time!

Ever wish you could have X-ray vision like Superman? The man of steel is no longer the sole owner of this awesome power...aside from other Kryptonians, of course. This wearable, e-textile shirt will give you real-time visualizations of how your body is working via “organs” that are on the shirt. That’s right, you’ve got superpowers. Wearing this shirt will give you X-ray vision into your body, allowing you to see how food is moving through your body, how fast your heart is beating, and how your lungs are filling and emptying. The key to your powers are lights embedded inside the “organs” on the shirt, giving you the ability to see your body at work. WARNING: Wearing this shirt around your silent crush may reveal your feelings as your ever increasing heart rate is visible for all to see!

The original goal for this project was to use it as a teaching tool in 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms to help engage children in learning about their anatomy and physiology. But many people from all different fields of study have suggested uses for BodyVis. Some of these include engaged learning, peer-to-peer teaching, public health (obesity awareness), icebreakers, art, and, of course, fun!

Exploring Early Designs for Teaching Anatomy and Physiology to Children Using E-Textiles

Leyla Norooz and Jon Froehlich.
Proceedings of IDC 2013 To Appear

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A Tangible Interactive Shirt for Teaching Anatomy and Physiology to Children

Leyla Norooz and Jon Froehlich.
30th Annual HCIL Symposium May 29th, 2013

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