Efficiencies are drastically increasing, buffer times are decreasing and access to work resources 24/7 are on the rise. This can result in a poor work life balance and inability to switch off from work. We find it harder to make the time to relax, a key and essential component of a healthy lifestyle.
Although some workplaces have tried to tackle this issue, either through systematic changes, human resources, office relaxation/meditation rooms and architectural design, these changes only really suit desk based jobs. Many workers are mobile and work in conditions where it’s difficult to access these facilities. Other organisations simply do not see this as a priority.
Throughout an in depth experimental process, I discovered a simple yet effective method of relaxing which can be used anywhere. Selfscape gives people in the most diverse and busy work places and journeys a playful tool to enable deep relaxation. Using a combination of an acoustic listening mechanism, a simple mobile application and standard head/ear phones, Selfscape gives people the power to interact with ambient musical sounds with just the power of your breath, in complete silence to the outside world. All the user has to do is hold the device next to the trachea, breathe (or blow gently), this then triggers ambient sounds through earphones. The sound reacts to the amplitude of the vibrations detected, resulting in a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
This can be used for as few or as many minutes in the day as required, whether it’s on the bus or during a short break inside or outside. It’s up to you how you use it, what you play and when to play it. Close your eyes and you can immerse yourself, in yourself, one breath at a time.
This project was part of my masters course at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London