Self-adjusting wearables: variable control through a shape-memory latching mechanism

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Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Adjunct - UbiComp '16, Page: 452-457

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Megan E. Clarke; Lucy E. Dunne; Brad T. Holschuh
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Computer Science
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Advances in self-Adjusting wearables have been made possible with the use of actuator "springs" fabricated from shape memory alloy (SMA) wire. These actuators are effective in compressing or closing a garment. However, once the actuator power source is disconnected the actuators can stretch out and displace from the actuated position from the existing counterforces. In this paper a variable control latching mechanism will be presented and discussed for use as a method of "locking" and fastening these actuators in place to prevent displacement.