The Felt Sense Vest

The idea of crafting wearable technology for psychosomatic well-being was inspired from previous research studies indicating how the use of projective forms of art, touch and other physical interventions has a positive impact in the acknowledgement of the felt sense (Friedman 2004 and Rappaport 2008) as well as on relieving emotional blockages such as in the case of the Rosen Technique (Fogel 2011). This approach is also inspired by the introduction of concepts from Somaesthetics in design and technology (Shusterman 2011).

The Felt Sense Vest transmits heat as well as a gentle vibration in the upper torso, where the felt sense is generally perceived. The introduction of this repertoire of bodily sensation while engaging in the practice of Focusing is designed to assist participants to recognise, acknowledge, anchor and amplify their felt sense more directly.

This vest contains electronic circuitry that was built exclusively with soft materials, such as silver-coated conductive thread, and nickel buttons isolated with denim. This wearable piece was designed to simultaneously contain 4 electric heating pads, 4 portable vibration motors and 2 sets of batteries. Even through the vest looks quite compact, this design can be adapted to different body types.


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2.   Friedman, N. The integration of focusing with other body-centered intervention. 2004. The Focusing Institute, accessed 30th August 2013.
3.   Gendlin, E.T., Focusing. 1978: Random House Digital, Inc.
4.   Rappaport, L., Focusing-oriented art therapy: Access-ing the body’s wisdom and creative intelligence. 2008: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
5.   Shusterman, R. (2011). Somaesthetics – Thinking Through the Body and Designing for Interactive Experience. The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd.