Square Root of Negative One


Posted in TID by cheng on March 21, 2011

BlackBelt is a wearable gadget that augments martial actions with cinematic sound effects.
Inspired by Kung Fu costumes, the gadget takes the form of hand wraps, with electronics embedded inside fabric. Out of a total of five, four are wrapped around wrists and ankles, each embedded with a sensor that detects wearer’s strike. One has a speaker, and is worn around waist. The waist belt communicates wirelessly with the four limbs, and plays striking sound effects when action is taken. All sounds effects are pre-recorded and saved on a SD card. Just wrap on BlackBelt and play!

The dramatic sound effect creates an instant reward to movements, leaving an augmented yet compelling experience. Players can easily extend the fun by changing the sound files to drum beats, musical notes, and other sound effects. BlackBelt can potentially be used in motor skill rehabilitation.

Premiere at Superhero Custome Show at the 5th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Maderia, Portugal.

Collaborated with Ying-Jung Chen, Huaishu Peng, Kuanju Wu.


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  1. beverde said, on July 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    How awesome!!! I want to try it in one of my Fado Dances 🙂

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