It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.

- Lou Holtz

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Dr. Jignesh Khakha and Suvani Suri

Academic (Individual)

Mar'16 - Apr'16

Overview

 

  • To understand how workload stress is having a direct impact on peoples health and social life, and finding out if any interventions in there daily journey can help them to relax mind-body system and attain deep sleep.

 

  • My project journey started with

    • Literature study and precedent study on stress and application addressing stress, then understanding medical theories and analyzing sources of stress, stress responses what are the moderating factors etc..

    • Resolving project conceptually and ideating 

    • Experimented with technology to understand feasible methods of sensory feedback and to know technical challenges in advance. Re-ideating this time by considering the technical factors and focusing on ergonomics.

    • Make MVP prototype and demonstrating the usage. 

 

 

Objectives

 

  • Exploring sensory biofeedback as a means to mitigate stress in everyday lives.

  • To design a product that will help users to have deep sleep and relax mind-body system, which will assist to restore strength & health to handle day to day stress effectively

 

 

Challenges

 

  • Lack of knowledge on stress from the medical point of view.

  • Experimenting with biofeedback devices and writing codes for experiments.

  • Exploring the possible touchpoints which can be used as a possible stress index collecting point. 

 

Outcomes 

 

  • Insights and analysis that can mitigate stress in day to day living.

  • The product which can alert users about their above-normal stress index and help them aware them if the decisions were taken with healthy state of mind.

  • Help users to attain the deep-sleep state of mind and relax mind-body system.​

Summary

Process

Biofeedback Experiments

 

Experiments were carried with the pulse, EMG, ECG and temperature biofeedback sensors to understand usage and to know technical challenges in advance.

NeuroSky (EEG)
Temperature Sensor
Grove (GSR)
Pulse Sensor
MyoWare (EMG)

Study on Stress

 

Literature study on stress and precedent study on stress mitigating application was carried to understand medical science explaining the sources of stress, stress responses what are the moderating factors etc..​ 

Control of mind and body

 

The mind and body are deeply connected. The mind can make the body stressed, and physiological stress in the body can lead the mind to feel stressed.

Mind-body stress factors

Relaxation techniques

User Study on Stress

 

User interviews with working professionals were conducted to understand the daily lifestyle 

  • How is the stress affecting their social life?

  • What do they do to tackle situation under stress?

  • Are they using any assistance product to keen them cam or monitor there stress?

  • Can assistive products which monitor and manage stress practical to use in the office?

  • How is there sleeping patterns and how do they relate sleep to the day's stress?

 

Mind-body stress levels during days routine

Thematic analysis was done after interviews and points of physical interactions during there daily tasks was mapped to look all the possible methods of collecting sensory feedbacks.

Points of Physical Interactions

5 Stages of sleep

Benefits of Deep Sleep

Ideating and Concept Sketches

 

Based on User study and understanding of stress most prominent conclusions are

  1. Good Sleep effects how much you are active and positive after you woke up next day.

  2. Being aware of our stress index will help us to manage and mitigate by practicing de-stress methods.

 

Based on these conclusions I tried to design a product which can be wearable or easily carried to record stress and alert users if the stress index is high and other to help users attain deep sleep state during nights reducing mental stress.

 

Sketches

Protoype Explorations

Reflections

 

  • I recognized various usability problems as participants’ interactions with products change day by day, which made me vividly experienced how we as researchers must enter users’ natural environments to talk with them and understand how they think in order to create technology with enhanced usability.

  • Diary study was excellent for observing the emergent behaviors that were embedded in participants’ daily lives. This allowed me to gain a more comprehensive perspective on the interaction between humans and technology. It was also an effective way to gather data within the context of use and to help raise participants’ awareness of their own behaviors instead of just depending on the reconstructive memory during the interview process.​