Exploring interaction design for mindful breathing support: the HU II design case

University essay from KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS)

Abstract: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an effective method of stress treatment and prevention. One of the interactive systems aiming at supporting MBSR is HU. As a continuous work of HU, a device aiding mindful breathing called HU II was developed and evaluated. The paper investigates the real-time interaction between the user and the HU II including the performance of the deployed sensor as well as the representation and mapping of chosen modalities. Ten participants with different backgrounds and knowledge levels of mindfulness evaluated the device and gave their subjective opinions and feedback. The results indicate that the employed sensor and modalities support real-time interaction for mindful breathing. Via these results, further research possibilities and guidelines, which can help the design of future mindfulness-based solutions were suggested.

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