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Wearability and Usability Assessment of Cliff: An Automatized Zipper

Mohamad Zairi Baharom 1,2, Frank Delbressine 1, Loe Feijs 1, and Marina Toeters 3
1. Future Everyday Group, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, Netherlands
2. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, 26600 UMP Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia
3. Heemstedelaan 5, 3523 KE Utrecht, Netherlands

Abstract—Being independent to dress or undress is important for everybody. However, (un)zipping to (un)dress is a task that is difficult for elders, especially when the zipper is in a hard-to-reach location. This paper presents the invention of Cliff: an automatized zipper and a user study performed to evaluate the wearability and how useful it is to the elderly. Results of the user study show that the elderly rated Cliff as wearable, useful, and makes the zipping and unzipping task much easier for them. This prototype system and the feedback received from the elderly contribute to the design of fashionable automated assistive technologies. 

Index Terms—automatized zipper, user acceptance, elderly

Cite: Mohamad Zairi Baharom, Frank Delbressine, Loe Feijs, and Marina Toeters, "Wearability and Usability Assessment of Cliff: An Automatized Zipper," Journal of Industrial and Intelligent Information, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 1-9, June 2020. doi: 10.18178/jiii.8.1.1-9

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