In 2020 I started collaborating with design studio A+N on our research project Bio Mirror, an ongoing research into stress and relaxation.
Our goal is to develop materials and interior products that contribute to individual health and happiness. In our research, we focus on examining the perception of stress in the working and living environments, while investigating components of an environment that can induce stress-reducing effects coupled with relaxing outcomes.
With our pilot research we were able to apply the designs in a real life context. Creating the possibility to learn from implementing them and to discover their impact. The main question we want to answer in our Bio Mirror project is:
We conducted a location based research and used VR to develop a deep breathing tool.
The location based research gave us insights from a design perspective in how applying the different installation in an office environment worked. Next to that we studied the impact of the installations on the people working there. We applied three different installations or object aimed to help people focus or help them to let go for a moment. Using soft fascination and a sensory experience as a means.
In collaboration with the TUD we were able to develop the deep breathing tool in VR. The aim of the tool is to help people relax and reduce stress by using their breath as a means. The VR study contained two phases of testing. In the first phase we dove into the design of the tool and in the second phase we tested the impact.
Want to learn more about this project? Take a look over here.
Biomirror is a collaboration with A+N, Future Everyday research group of TU/eindhoven and Virtual Reality Design Methods Lab of TU Delft. Thanks to a contribution of ‘Impulsgelden’ from the Province of Noord-Brabant and by advice from Kunstloc