Pioneering a mindfulness ecosystem to improve stress management and increase users resilience

DESIGN RESEARCH
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
DESIGN ENGINEERING
UX & UI DESIGN
USER TESTING

Problem

With technology increasingly demanding our attention. We need to find more ways to take mindful breaks from our screens.
"More than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said that their mental health has gotten worse during the period of lockdown restrictions." Mind National Survey, 2020

As a society, both our awareness of and difficulties with mental health issues has grown exponentially over the last 20 years. One of the most important and recurring themes we discovered during our research was the impact of Stress on people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Our stress levels are constantly effected by our devices, so we wanted to design a way to disconnect from our phones and ground ourselves more in the physical world.

Services provided

Market Research & Trend Analysis
Front-end Innovation
CAD & CFD
Mechanical Engineering
3D Printing & Prototyping
UX Design
UI Design
User Testing

Solution

UOVO: A tactile device that helps ground you in the physical world.

UOVO is a mindful companion for people who are struggling with stress and aren't satisfied with the screen-based mindfulness offerings available. UOVO is tactile and enables people to access mindfulness in a playful and intuitive way by using light and touch to guide meditation and breathing exercises.

UOVO has three key features that were designed to help those that are new to mindfulness as well as those more advanced in their practice:

  • Fidget Mode: Where UOVO’s inbuilt sensors will detect when you are fidgeting allowing you to be more mindful of your stress habits.
  • Breathe Mode: These are intelligent programs that have been designed to activate your parasympathetic nerve system through our Calm Training program.
  • Rest Mode: This is where UOVO can act as your omnipresent mindful companion by being always in your sensory periphery. Whilst UOVO is in Rest Mode it will alert you based on your personal preference of when you should take a mindful break.

This product is still in development, to keep track of its development we will be uploading progress to our blog under the topic 'Design for Mental Health'.

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UOVO is a mindful companion for people who are struggling with stress and aren't satisfied with the screen-based mindfulness offerings available. UOVO is tactile and enables people to access mindfulness in a playful and intuitive way by using light and touch to guide meditation and breathing exercises. UOVO has three key features that were designed to help those that are new to mindfulness as well as those more advanced in their practice. The first feature is Fidget Mode: where UOVO’s inbuilt sensors will detect when you are fidgeting allowing you to be more mindful of your stress habits. The second feature is Breathe Mode: these are intelligent programs that have been designed to activate your parasympathetic nerve system through our Calm Training program. The third feature is Rest Mode: this is where UOVO can act as your omnipresent mindful companion by being always in your sensory periphery. Whilst UOVO is in Rest Mode it will alert you based on your personal preference of when you should take a mindful break. *This product is still in development, to keep track of its development we will be uploading progress to our blog under the topic 'Design for Mental Health'.

"It’s something which helps you to be present and focus on what you're doing. Focus on your body, touch, maybe your breath. It's an alternative to engaging through a digital medium, or doing something through a screen. Essentially to help you de-stress and aid meditation, whatever that means to you."

User Research Participant No.8

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