SIPC 2014: Using Adaptive Architecture to Support Yoga Practices – Social Considerations for Design


Last month, I presented a paper at Pervasive Computing 2014 in a workshop called “Social Implications of Pervasive Computing 2014“. The paper is called “Using Adaptive Architecture to Support Yoga Practices – Social Considerations for Design“. Since I was unable to go to Budapest in person, I recorded a video of the presentation.  Dr. Khaled Bachour filmed and edited the video, for which I am very, very grateful!

Paper summary:

The field of Adaptive Architecture aims to design built environments, which truly adapt to their occupants. ExoBuilding is an in-house prototypical example of Adaptive Architecture, which actuates in response to breathing and heart rate of its occupants. In this work-in-progress paper, we discuss our aims to apply the technology to the practice of Yoga, in which a core aspect is controlled breathing. We describe ExoBuilding and the practice of Yoga first separately. Then, we merge the two in order to elaborate how one can inform and improve the other. We, then, discuss the social considerations of introducing this technology to Yoga, usually an activity void of any technological or even societal inputs. This leads into a discussion of designing the system for Yoga applications and finishes with future work and conclusions.

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