Assignment 1: Speculative Wearable – Imra Ali (3187224)

Concept

The wearable I have designed is called Calmy. The product is a hoodie that begins to compress when an individual feels anxious, worried, and/or scared. The hoodie senses these emotions by the multiple sensors embedded into the fabric. For instance, located in the left cuff, you can find a heart rate checker. This location is ideal as it provides perfect access to the individual’s pulse. 

When the individual wears the hoodie, the sensors are keeping track of the heart and breathing rates. The moment the stats are becoming abnormal, the hoodie will compress to the individual’s body. Once the individual’s stats become normal, the hoodie will release compression and go back to its original form. 

If the individual is unable to recover and their stats become worse, the hoodie’s Bluetooth connection will alert the Calmy app to alert their emergency contacts.

Objective

Pressure stimulation has shown to be very successful for many individuals. When Calmy applies compression, it delivers a deep touch pressure which acts as a calming hug. This product will greatly benefit individuals with a sensory processing disorder, autism, anxiety, ADHD, etc.

Some benefits connected to pressure stimulation therapy are…

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Increased happiness (endorphin)
  • Increased attentiveness
  • Delivers a calming effect
  • Slows down involuntary functions in connection to stress and anxiety

Overall, the goal of Calmy is to help individuals deal with their emotions before they elevate. The hoodie’s sensors activate in advance so the individual is able to persevere through it.

Material Mood Board

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Drawings

calmy-front

calmy-back

Note: All the technology is placed inside expect the manual control buttons.

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Work Cited

Grandin, T. (1992). Calming Effects of Deep Touch Pressure in Patients with Autistic Disorder, College Students, and Animals. Retrieved from https://grandin.com/inc/squeeze.html

What is Deep Pressure Stimulation? (2020, April 29). Retrieved from https://www.appliedbehavioranalysisedu.org/what-is-deep-pressure-stimulation/

Similar Products

MACHINA HOODIE. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.machina.cc/products/smart-hoodie?variant=13886075863149

Special Order The Original Inflatable Calming Peapod Cocoon-Medium (60″ Green). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.sensorykidstore.com/special-order-inflatable-calming-peapod-cocoon-med.html

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