I am the CEO of WAEWAE TECH LIMITED and an Associate Professor for Mobile Applications at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Lübeck. Education-wise, I am an engineering scientist specializing in pattern recognition, sensing, and prototyping with wearable technology. Since the past eight years, I conducted a great variety of research projects, particularly with significant focus on foot interfaces. One of my achievements includes the development of the patented method of ground surface detection.
...is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Augmented Human Lab at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, New Zealand. He explores novel wearable foot interfaces, such as insoles. His aim is to create smart footwear that understands physical conditions but also the user’s mental state, enabling assistive interventions to improve life style.
...is a Senior Lecturer, Manager of the Sports Performance Clinics located at AUT Millennium, and the President of the Auckland Branch of Sports Medicine New Zealand. In particular, Kelly is a sports scientist specializing in running injuries and biomechanics. His contribution lies in his valuable experience and important theoretical knowledge of human biomechanics.
...is the Head of the intelligent Material Systems Lab - IMSL at the University of Saarland, Germany. Stefan provides know-how and research facilities in Germany. He supports the development of a series of high-fidelity wearable prototypes that has specific requirements, such as a high efficiency when being ready for use in field studies.
Augmenting vibrotactile feedback under the foot has shown to impact gait, in particular Stance Time, which may be used to compensate gait asymmetries caused by Leg Length Discrepancy (LLD).
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The shoes' specific outer sole in combination with the distinct wear created by the user’s individual gait can be used for user authentication.
Applying vibrotactile feedback at the foot can be used to convey minor-complex information, such as directional cues. This releases other interaction channels and showed to reduce stress.
Thermal feedback at the foot sole is barely perceivable as there is a natural adaption preventing the perception of temperature changes quickly.