What if we could feel each other’s presence and reach out in times of need?
Sound design. Joint project together with 3 other students from Advanced Product Design and Interaction Design Master's Programmes.
DURATION & TEAM
10 days. Together with Sebastian Gier, Andreas Eneband and Laurent Robertson.
Today, half of over 60 year olds live alone. Many experience health problems and loneliness. What if we could feel each other’s presence and reach out in times of need?
Balloon is an intelligent care system designed to connect individuals living alone by sharing the ambience of their loved ones’ home environment. The number of people living alone increases and families rely on the seldom digital communication visits to keep updated. Particularly among the elderly, the consequences of an independent lifestyle can be manifested in feelings of isolation, health and personal safety concerns.
Balloon monitors sensory inputs and learns the normal values of motion, vibration, sound, light and temperature in correspondence with lifestyle habits in order to intelligently know when subtle changes arise.
Represented by visual and audible cues, over time users will learn to see patterns in the ambient lights and sounds and build an understanding of their meaning in relation to their loved one’s wellbeing. Should subtle or abnormal atmospheric levels be detected, loved ones can learn when is best to communicate with each other, to care for each other’s emotional and physical wellbeing.
"environment monitoring must be designed in a way
to evoke human to human interaction."
Sound is designed with care for Balloon. We didn’t want the product to make a sound constantly for all times, so we designed in a way that it’s only there when someone is passing by. Regular sound means all clear, suspicious sound means there is some abnormal levels being observed in the house, alarm sound means there is something immediate that needs attention.