News on the MagicShoes project

New Scientist feature on our article in Frontiers in Robotics and AI

Full citation of the scientific article: Tajadura-Jiménez, A., Valjamae, A., & Kuusk, K. (2020). Altering One’s Body-perception Through E-Textiles and Haptic Metaphors. Frontiers in Robotics and AI. 

This article was also featured in many media, such as La Rep√ļblica (Italia), Popular Mechanics (USA), World Textile Information Network (UK), Technologie Media (France) or Tecnoadicto (Spain).

Kristi Kuusk presented the work from the project Magic Lining, linked to Magic Shoes, at the International Conference 2019 of the Design Research Society, Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge, EKSIG. 23-24/9/2019. Tallin, Estonia

She presented the article: Kuusk, K., Tajadura-Jiménez, A., Valjamae, A. (2019). Magic Lining: Crafting Multidisciplinary Experiential Knowledge by Changing Wearer’s Body-Perception through Vibrotactile Clothing. In Proceedings of the International Conference 2019 of the Design Research Society, Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge, EKSIG (Pages 186-196). 23-24 September 2019, Tallinn, Estonia.

We took MAGICSHOES to the 8th International Conference on Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2019). 3-6/9/2019. Cambridge, UK

Ana Tajadura-Jim√©nez and Aneesha Singh were part of the organising team of a full day special track on ‚ÄúTechnological and Biological Bodies in Dialogue: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Multisensory Embodied Emotion and Cognition‚ÄĚ.

As part of this track, we presented two pieces of work:

Judith Ley-Flores presented the article: ‚ÄúAltering body perception and emotion in physically inactive people through movement sonification‚ÄĚ, by¬†Judith Ley-Flores, Fr√©d√©ric Bevilacqua, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze y Ana Tajadura-Jim√©nez

And Ana Tajadura-Jiménez presented the work: Tajadura-Jimenez, A., Crucianelli, L., Zhang, R., Cheng, C., Ley-Flores, J., Fotopoulou, A., Bianchi-Berthouze, N. (2019). Anomalous Bodily Experiences Related to Body Image Concern: Evaluation of the Potential Effects of Sound Feedback on Body Perception, Emotional State and Gait.


Our article "As Light at your scent: Effect of smell and sound on body image perception" received the "Best paper" award at the 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Interact 2019. 2-6/9/2020. Paphos, Chipre.

Full reference:

Brianza, G., Tajadura-Jiménez, A., Maggioni, E., Pittera, D., Bianchi-Berthouze, N., Obrist, M. (2019) As Light at your scent: Effect of smell and sound on body image perception. En Proceedings of the 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Interact 2019 (Páginas 179-202). 2-6 September 2019, Paphos, Chipre.

This articles has been featured in media such as Fox¬†(USA), Metro (UK),¬†Radio Cope “La Tarde”,¬†ABC Bienestar, La Sexta or Innova Spain.

3rd year meeting of the MAGICSHOES team, at Universidad Loyola Andalucía. 10-11/6/2019

This meeting took place in conjuntion with the¬†Workshop ‚ÄúEnhancing inactive lifestyles by altering body-representation using sensory feedback”

Our article "As Light as You Aspire to Be: Changing Body Perception with Sound to Support Physical Activity" was presented at CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019). Glasgow, UK. 4-9/5/2019.

Full reference: Tajadura-Jiménez, A., Newbold, J., Zhang, L., Rick, P., Bianchi-Berthouze, N. (2019). As Light as You Aspire to Be: Changing Body Perception with Sound to Support Physical Activity.  In Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems  (Pages 1-14), 4-9 May, 2019, Glasgow, UK.


Poster on "Identifying psychological factors to improve adherence to physical activity in the obese population" presented at UCL Centre for Behaviour Change 5th annual conference, Behaviour Change for Health: Digital and other Innovative Methods. London, UK, 9-10/4/2019.

Full reference: Rick, P., Bianchi-Berthouze, N., Sánchez-Martín, M., Singh, A., Borda Mas, M., Tajadura-Jiménez, A. (2019). Identifying psychological factors to improve adherence to physical activity in the obese population.

The project Magic Lining, linked to MagicShoes, and funded by Vertigo STARTS program funding collaboration between Science, Technology and the Arts, was picked as a successful example for the STARTS Residencies Day

Kristi Kuusk and Ana Tajadura Jiménez participated in a panel session at STARTS Residencies Day, Centre    Pompidou, Paris, France. 27.03.2019

Kristi Kuusk appeared in a list of “9 Inspirational and Creative Fashion¬†Tech Designers‚ÄĚ



MAGICSHOES is presented at Third biennial International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), organized under the auspices of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). 7-9/3/2019. Paris, France

We presented our work at the¬†Integrative Science Symposium ‚ÄúHow Changing Our Bodies Changes Our Selves‚ÄĚ

See related feature which appeared in the Observer March 2020 issue: ¬†“Mind Over Body”¬†

Poster presented at Workshop on Virtual and Robotic Embodiment: from Neuroscience to Virtual Reality and Robotics. 28 Feb‚Äď1 March 2019, Barcelona, Spain

Full citation: Tajadura-Jimenez, A., Ley-Flores, J.G., Singh, A., Cuadrado, F., Rick, P., V√§ljam√§e, A., Bianchi-Berthouze, N., Bevilacqua, F. (2019).¬† Designing a gesture-sound wearable system to motivate physical activity by altering body perception. Workshop on Virtual and Robotic Embodiment: from Neuroscience to Virtual Reality and Robotics. 28 Feb‚Äď1 March 2019, Barcelona, Spain.

At the 2018 meeting of the International Multisensory Research Forum in Toronto Canada

Presenting our work on how walking sounds can be used for altering the perception of body and the space around the body, emotional state, physical activity and self-other interactions

Kristi Kuusk presented her project MagicLining on e-textiles today at Centre Pompidou Paris

A collaboration with our team at MAGICSHOES as part of Vertigo STARTS residencies!

See her presentation together with Frederic Bevilacqua, team member of MAGICSHOES

We welcomed Kristi Kuusk for her second STARS residence period with her project MagicLining on e-textiles

In the Magic Lining project Kristi works with the MagicShoes team trying to alter people’s self-perception from the INSIDE of the garment they wear. She will present the project next week at Centre Pompidou Paris! You can see the video of our collaboration process here . MagicLining is part of the¬†Vertigo Starts Residencies program.

See some news on our paper "Listening to a conversation with aggressive content expands the interpersonal space"

Reads the features in the magazines “Neuroscience news” (in English) and “Investigaci√≥n y ciencia” (in Spanish).

A collaboration with Eleonora Vagnoni and Flavia Cardini.

Patricia Rick, PhD student at Universidad Loyola Andalucía, has been awarded a SEPEX scholarship to help running and disseminating her studies in the context of MAGICSHOES

The title of the awarded project is: Psychological Factors Involved in Participation in Physical Activity in Physically Inactive Population and Contemplation of Technological Support in its Treatment.

The second annual meeting of MAGICSHOES took place! this time at two locations, London and Seville.

February 2018

The new Wiley Handbook of Human Computer Interaction, to which we have contributed, is now online.

Check our chapter on “Principles for Designing Body-Centered Auditory Feedback” (Chapter 18)

See the summary of presentations of some of our team members at the World Usability Day in Tallinn, Estonia

Presentations by Aleksander Valjamae and Ana Tajadura from the MAGICSHOES project, as well as a great presentation by artist Kristi Kuusk leading the Magic Lining project

Check also the interviews from the three of us here:

Come and join our team at the World Usability Day in Tallinn, Estonia, on 10th November 2017

This 4 day event includes a full day of FREE conferences from 8 UX professionals on 10th of November. Three of the speakers will be members of the MAGICSHOES team.

Following the conference on the 11th and 12th, we are running the two-day workshop entitled Magic! in which we will explore ideas around the topics of MAGICSHOES and the project MagicLining, a collaborative project between MAGICSHOES and artist Kristi Kruuk.

Magic! Is a rapid prototyping exploratorium on the intersection between neuroscience research on mental body-representation, human-computer interaction and real-life applications.

VERTIGO STARTS call for artistic residences in the context of MAGICSHOES

MAGICSHOES project was selected for the program of Artistic Residencies 2017 of the VERTIGO STARTS European project. We are very excited that Artist Kristi Kuusk will soon join our team. Her project Magic Lining, was selected  by an international jury of experts, because its high potential to contribute in a strong way to the innovation of the research project MAGICSHOES.

25-5-2017 Presenting our white paper at the GETAMOVEON SYMPOSIUM ‚Äď LONDON 2017

Paper title: “Going beyond motivation! A framework for design of body-aware technologies for supporting physical activity where mobility is restricted”

15-5-2017 Exciting work on "Skill Learning and Interactive Music Technology" will be presented and discussed at NIME2017. Come and join us!

Workshop co-organized by Baptiste Caramiaux, Frédéric Bevilacqua, Andrew McPherson, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Ana Tajadura-Jimenez. MAGICSHOES will be one of the projects presented.

20/21 Feb 2017 MAGICSHOES Kick-off meeting at Universidad Loyola Andalucía

Our fantastic team! On the front: Aneesha Singh, Mercedes Borda Más, Francisco Cuadrado, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze, Aleksander Valjamae, Ana Tajadura-Jiménez. On the back: Frédéric Bevilacqua.

Magicshoes were part of the "You Have Been Upgraded" event, at the London Science Museum

A festival of human enhancement (Photo by Temi Olugbade ©)