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Calm Technology

How might we create an experience that alerts people of their stress level and helps them listen to their body in an unobtrusive way?

Calm Brush

With hundreds of notifications alerting us everyday, our attention is the new commodity. 

We decided to explore themes around stress, mindfulness, and calm technology as an open, experimental project in behavioral design. By using peripheral notifications to gently nudge people with information to help them, we can conserve and respect human attention. 

In our exploration of concepts around preventative care, mental health, mind-body biofeedback devices and behavior change, we came up with Calm Brush. Calm Brush is our imagination of a smart toothbrush that detects cortisol levels in the saliva to measure stress. The product encourages a simple, science-based mindfulness practice during brushing to support easy habit formation over short time intervals and by capitalizing on existing daily rituals which occur during the times of day best recommended for meditation (morning and night).

Tags: Calm tech, behavioral design, mind-body biofeedback, experience prototyping

Roles: Design research, concept development, experience prototyping

Mentor: Plot London

Diegetic prototype: Speculative artifact from the future 


How might we create an experience that alerts people of their stress level and helps them listen to their body in an unobtrusive way? We developed 4 concepts to prototype:
  • Mindful Interventions: AI, machine learning
  • Mood Brooch: Visualizing inner states, signaling
  • Room of Requirement: Immersive retreat spaces
  • Calm Toothbrush: Daily habits, mind-body biofeedback

 

Team: Mira Bordoloi, Mario Gabric, Mayra Kapteyn, Manish Chauhan, Vanessa Jennings