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A wearable which isn't just a sensor

A wearable which isn't just a sensor

A wearable which isn't just a sensor

How can we deign wearables to go beyond sensors and actually be functional purposeful devices.

How do we unleash the potential of the proximity of these devices to our body ?

MadeWithSoft

A test subject trying out the first 30% powered functional prototype. All eyes on his wrist.

How can wearables go beyond being just sensors and actually influence state of mind?

How can wearables go beyond being just sensors and actually influence state of mind?

How can wearables go beyond being just sensors and actually influence state of mind?

How can wearables go beyond being just sensors and actually influence state of mind?

Wearables have come tobecome extensions of our bodies - more than phones ever did. Wearables have access to our body directly.

Wearables have come tobecome extensions of our bodies - more than phones ever did. Wearables have access to our body directly.

OPINION

The pinnacle of a wearable is one which can unleash its proximity to our bodies and minds.

The pinnacle of a wearable is one which can unleash its proximity to our bodies and minds.

HYPOTHESIS

Wearables are a great platform for biomimicry to enable non-invasive wearables to fully leverage their proximity to our bodies

Wearables are a great platform for biomimicry to enable non-invasive wearables to fully leverage their proximity to our bodies

Wearables are a great platform for biomimicry to enable non-invasive wearables to fully leverage their proximity to our bodies

Wearables are a great platform for biomimicry to enable non-invasive wearables to fully leverage their proximity to our bodies

GOAL

Develop a wearable paradigm which can modulate bodily functions through non-invasive wearables

Develop a wearable paradigm which can modulate bodily functions through non-invasive wearables

Develop a wearable paradigm which can modulate bodily functions through non-invasive wearables

Develop a wearable paradigm which can modulate bodily functions through non-invasive wearables

"Just take a deep breath"

- Everyone to anyone goign through shock, trauma, anxiety or stress ever

Everyone to anyone goign through shock, trauma, anxiety or stress ever

Everyone to anyone goign through shock, trauma, anxiety or stress ever

Everyone to anyone goign through shock, trauma, anxiety or stress ever

KEY INTERVENTION

Lets mimic a breathing lung through this device to help people breathe better under stress

Initial Exploration

$17 CVS analogue blood pressure monitor to imitate breathing

$17 CVS analogue blood pressure monitor to imitate breathing

SetA@2x

Insights

Placing device on recessive hand results in better response and follow thorugh

SetAPt2@2x

First on-body prototype

Enclosed a balloon inside a cloth enclosure and ut a strap on it so it can be worn. Then asked tets subjects to close eyes while I personally blew and sucked air in and out of the balloon to imitate breathing patterns

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HandProto@2x

Insights

Insights

Insights

Exhale moment needs to have air actively sucked out instead of just letting it leak out by itself

First technical prototype

Next candidate or prototyping were balloon animal balloons hooked up to a vacuum and air pump.

Next candidate or prototyping were balloon animal balloons hooked up to a vacuum and air pump.

SetB@2x

Insights

Insights

Insights

Even expandsion throughout the balloon felt more natural than blobbed expansion in one spot.

The protoype is currently underpowered. We need fast and more powerful inflaton and felation

The protoype is currently underpowered. We need fast and more powerful inflaton and deflation

Air Bladder Exploration

I literally stapled my deisgns on to the balloons and miraculously they worked!
Stapled balloons were used for epxloartions and later designs were sewnon to the baloons

I literally stapled my deisgns on to the balloons and miraculously they worked!
Stapled balloons were used for epxloartions and later designs were sewnon to the baloons

SetC@2x

Insights

Insights

Insights

Baloons can be stapled and sewn and will remain almost 98% air-tight!

😂

I had a solid "Everybody laughed at me. But I proved them wrong" moment.

I had a solid "Everybody laughed at me. But I proved them wrong" moment.

I had a solid "Everybody laughed at me. But I proved them wrong" moment.

Functional Prototype

2 air pumps, 2 vacuum pumps, 2 solenoids, now two air bladders, with a complex three-way air-joint to coordinate inflation and deflation.

The prototype can now be worn by someone! Next steps, miniaturisation

2 air pumps, 2 vacuum pumps, 2 solenoids, now two air bladders, with a complex three-way air-joint to coordinate inflation and deflation.

The prototype can now be worn by someone! Next steps, miniaturisation

FinalSet@2x

Hypothesis proved!

Hypothesis proved!

I'd be happy to talk more about the insights from the final prototype, some futrue steps and the nuances of this process!


Further work in progress...

Further work in progress...

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