BREATHE MEDITATION TIMER
Spring 2019 - 2.5 Weeks
Interactive Products with professors James Hallam & Dr. Hyunjoo Oh
CHALLENGE: Design a timer that uses provided sensors and Arduino for some innovative function. Build a functioning, integrated model.
Tools and techniques used include Redboard prototyping, programming in Processing, 3D modeling in Fusion 360, rendering in Keyshot, and vector graphics in Sketch.
Progression: timer applications > impactful timers > nature-inspired forms
(In which I learned how to solder)
I chose to use a soft potentiometer to set the duration of the meditation specifically because it would be imprecise. Conceptually, I wanted to emphasize taking a break from the hyper-scheduled productivity fog that many of us live in, and I didn't want people to be able to schedule their meditation down to the second.
The LEDs I used would be replaced by a LED strip in a final model, but I worked with what I had available. Even as discrete points, the illumination animation was effective—when I conducted an interactive demo, members of the audience told me that they'd involuntarily breathed in time with the lights!