Assignment 1: Speculative Wearable_ Khushi Jetley

Concept

The wearable I have designed is a therapeutic eye mask. This eye mask is targeted at individuals suffering from sleeping disorders, brain injury, depression, anxiety and various other psychological conditions. The eye mask is equipped with several sensors that measure and assess brain activity. The eye mask is attached to headphones that play sounds or music that will allow the brain to become relaxed and comfortable, hence helping the individual go to sleep. The music played in the headphones is therapeutic music that allows to create a balance in the waves of the brain. The wearable activates as soon as it is placed on the individual’s eyes. The EEG sensors map brain activity, which can be tracked on a phone app. The app further organizes the data and allows individuals to see their progress. The eye mask will be made up of silk fabric, which is very soft and very gentle on the skin. Additionally, the sensors and headphones can be removed from the mask for easy washing. The eye mask will be available in a few different colors and sizes, including those for children.

Objective 

Neuro imbalance in the brain causes conditions like ADHD, anxiety, depression; sometimes this imbalance is induced/triggered by the means of injury or drug use, whereas other times it may occur naturally. Coping with these conditions can be very hard as it affects focus, sleep, thinking, therefore, adversely affecting the social and professional life of the individuals. The therapeutic eye mask acts as a non-invasive treatment option that helps individuals improve their mental health. The eye mask uses the concepts of neurofeedback therapy and music therapy, which helps the brain come to a balanced state. Although primarily used for sleep, this eye mask can be used in relaxation, mindfulness or meditation throughout the day. Individuals can also use the eye mask to boost concentration, mood, focus and brain performance, regardless of the state of their mental health. 

This design caters to the need of the user by using the EEG sensors. The EEG sensors sense and evaluate the state of mind and play the music that will be suitable for the users condition. Hence, this design is one of its kind in the market as there are not many products that caters to the needs of each user and provides them a unique and therapeutic experience.

Diagrams and Paper Prototype

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Material Mood Board

Silk Fabric

Head Phones 

Elastic

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Resources

Some links for neurofeedback therapy are as follows:

Centers, B. (2019, September 18). Everything You Need to Know About Neurofeedback Therapy. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://www.brainforestcenters.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-neurofeedback-therapy#:~:text=Neurofeedback%2C%20or%20electroencephalography%20(EEG),your%20brain%20waves%20%E2%80%93%20through%20conditioning.

EEG & Biofeedback Research from Muse. (2020, December 18). Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://choosemuse.com/muse-research/

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