DIGF 2016 – Assignment 1 – Speculative Wearable

Concept:

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The wearable I thought about for this project is a headband that is worn to soothe headaches and similar pains. It is relatively simple with two routes for tackling the problem of head pain: a massaging mode that targets two pressure points on the head (the Third Eye and Drilling Bamboo) that are known to alleviate headaches and eye strain; and a second method of diffusing essential oils like lavender oil and peppermint oil. The headband is to be kept simple because it’s not aiming to be a cure-all, more of just an aid for headaches, similar to Advil.

I was thinking of pairing the device with a smartphone / desktop app that would let you control the wearable, as well as offer other remedies and information for headaches that can’t be achieved through the device – like suggested exercise and sleep schedules, water intake, foods / drinks to avoid (like alcohol or meals high in histamine) but I’m not sure how complicated I want it to be, since it’s hard to really nail down an exact science when it comes to curing headaches. I also don’t know anything when it comes to neuroscience, biology, or why body make head hurty.

Objective:

Personally I’ve always struggled with headaches, when I was younger and more so during high school. I really don’t enjoy them and always struggled to get rid of them when they came around. Nowadays I get them when I spend too much time inside or staring at a screen. I also asked my mom for her opinion and she agreed that headaches are a pain (aha) to deal with when working on a computer all day.

I wanted to make a small health-aid that made use of common / accessible remedies without getting too complicated, accessible at convenience stores or drugstores for anyone to grab and use. Originally I also wanted to have a third mode that simulated a cold compress on the user’s head but:

A) it’s really complicated to create a device capable of cooling itself like that, and the alternative to tape a fridge to your head isn’t very useful….                 B) its a lot simpler to just use an actual cold compress! So I cut that out entirely and kept it simple.

I thought about two main designs, one would be a more sleek headband that looks athletic, it would only be bulky in the front where the most electronics would be located: the oil diffuser and the 3 massaging knobs, and there could be several buttons to turn the device on / off and to choose what function of the device you want to use. The second design was closer to a winter head warmer, where it was larger and fully covered the back of the head. I thought about making it a hat at first, but a lot of the material was unused and it would be a waste in my opinion. Similar to the headband, the meat of the wearable would be at the front, but a control panel could be placed on either side of the head to -again- turn it on and off.

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(the quality for this is really bad and I don’t know how to change that so you can look at it closer on this imgur link: https://imgur.com/a/VgYkBwl )

Mood Board:

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Related works:

  1. PeryTong Sleep Headphones – This idea was what I was aiming to create in terms of looks and wearability.

PeryTong Bluetooth Headphones. (n.d.). Retrieved January 18, 2021, from https://www.amazon.ca/Sleep-Headphones-Perytong-Ultra-Thin-Meditation/dp/B07SHBQY7Z/ref=asc_df_B07SHBQY7Z/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=389969793254&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2731883748321814330&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9000786&hvtargid=pla-782477182467&psc=1

2. Muse 2 headband – I looked at this for aesthetics and a similar idea in a band that aids a body problem. In this case I was comparing headaches to meditation but I was looking at the design and not the science.

Muse 2: Brain Sensing Headband. (n.d.). Retrieved January 18, 2021, from https://choosemuse.com/muse-2/

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