Ava Aghakouchak, Peter Babbage, Shahin Entezami, Natasha Rukavishnikova
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.