SUGO-MIMI: A Waggle Ear-Type Device Linked to Eyebrows

Abstract—Facial expressions convey emotions. However, not all people are good at understanding such expressions in daily communication. To address this issue, we herein use “SUGOMIMI,” a lightweight device that does not require a power source to expand facial expressions. SUGO-MIMI expands eyebrow movements by connecting the eyebrows to thin plates, imitating cat ears attached to the headband with wires. In our experiment of conveying facial expressions, the emotion denoting happiness was conveyed better when wearing SUGO-MIMI.

Index Terms—Human augmentation, Wearable device, Facial-expression, Emotion recognition, Emotional interaction

Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology,
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo

(ACIIW2021, Demo section No.156, Online, Sep, 2021) Affective Computing International conference