Mello is a device that facilitates healthy coping of stress through machine interactions. It guides users through diaphragmatic breathing, a cognitive-behavioural technique that decreases the body’s stress response, enabling users to approach stressors more productively.
Stress is an inevitable part of everyday life, therefore, the key is how we cope with it. Without healthy coping methods, chronic stress leads to lower productivity, weakened immune system, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Taking into account the strengths of existing tools to stress management and trends in healthcare technology, I built upon the themes of data-driven interventions and cognitive-behavioural therapy to create the following interactions:
The prototypes include digital 3D models and physical models made with clay. I also created a prototype of the interactions with Arduino Uno, using pulse and temperature sensors for input.
A demo of Mello with the prototypes and an informational poster: