• Ava Aghakouchak

Sovar is an active soft wearable, which maps certain architectural elements within the perceptual scene, on the skin of the wearer. The cross-modal mapping of the space on the user's back raises their attention to the surroundings and increases their sense of presence within the space. Sovar can be used as a tool for navigating within physical/virtual spaces, a choreographic device for networked performances, and a tactile amplifier for VR.

Sovar is a part of a long-term research project on the effects of active soft wearables which is now being carried out in the format of a PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture, under the supervision of Prof Stephen Gage and Dr Christopher Leung.