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Industrial/Sound/UX Dsgn

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Collects stress outputs from the body and transforms them into relieving inputs of sounds for the user.
- industrial / ux / sound dsgn - 

 

PROBLEM

We spend 1 hour and 50 minutes per day, 12 hours and 53 minutes per week and 4 years and 11 months stressed.* 
100 million people die annually due to ailments such as heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, and suicide all linked to stress

We are all deaf. Rushed. Frustrated. We are deaf to the discord created in an attempt to meet the demands of our own world on a day to day basis. We are constantly overwhelmed that we forget about ourselves. We are late. Late to take care of ourselves. Late to take care of our mental health.

We are out of sync.

 

OPPORTUNITY

How might we reshape our perception of our day to day encounters to
alleviate stress?

In a survey, over half of 211 participants from Millennials to Gen X to Baby Boomers, at least 51.4% male and female worldwide reported feeling stressed more than once during the week. 

When asked for coping mechanisms for stress, there were close differences between interacting with a social group, exercising or enrolling in a leisure activity like music. However, listening to music ranked as the most sought after.

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PHYSICAL

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Audio

Different ranges of sound wave frequencies can positively affect the tasks we perform regularly. From increasing our ability for deep sleep, pain relief to relaxed focus, stress reduction all the way to information processing and cognitive enhancement.

OTO generates sound relieving inputs to the user triggered by a fusion of the user’s emotion at a point in time and a sound library based on binaural beats and autonomous sensory meridian responses.*

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DIGITAL

Through a digital interaction, the user can access their personal sound library by date and time as well as share with other users on their curated network. 

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Click the prototype to the right to navigate.

 

PRODUCT LINE

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Induction Charging through a revolving charging jewelry tray that can live on the bedside and accommodate for other items.

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*Site references available upon request.

Collaborators
Photography: Molly Zacher
Sound Design: Charlie Duff, Luke Hayes
Metal Working: Valentina Angulo Gomez, Lucia Marti