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posted on 2021-04-30, 15:39 authored by Minji LeeMinji Lee
Enhancing the capability to control a tremendous range of physical actuators and sensors, combined with wireless technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), apparel technologies play a significant role in supporting safe, comfortable and healthy living, observing each customer’s conditions. Since apparel technologies have advanced to enable humans to work as a team with the clothing they wear, the interaction between a human and apparel is further enhanced with the introduction of sensors, wireless network, and artificially intelligent techniques. A variety of wearable technologies have been developed and spread to meet the needs of customers, however, some wearable devices are considered as non-practical tech-oriented, not consumer-oriented.
The purpose of this research is to develop an apparel system which integrates intelligent autonomous agents, human-based sensors, wireless network protocol, mobile application management system and a zipper robot. This research is an augmentation to the existing research and literature, which are limited to the zipping and unzipping process without much built in intelligence. This research is to face the challenges of the elderly and people with self-care difficulties. The intent is to provide a scientific path for intelligent zipper robot systems with potential, not only to help people, but also to be commercialized.
The research develops an intelligent system to control of zippers fixed on garments, based on the profile and desire of the human. The theoretical and practical elements of developing small, integrated, intelligent zipper robots that interact with an application by using a lightweight MQTT protocol for application in the daily lives of diverse populations of people with physical challenges. The system functions as intelligent automatized garment to ensure users could positively utilize a zipper robot device to assist in putting on garments which also makes them feel comfortable wearing and interacting with the system. This research is an approach towards the “future of fashion”, and the goal is to incentivize and inspire others to develop new instances of wearable robots and sensors that help people with specific needs to live a better life.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science


  • Computer and Information Technology

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Eric T. Matson

Additional Committee Member 2

Anthony H. Smith

Additional Committee Member 3

John C. Gallagher

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