The project aimed to develop a design space for the various forms displays of personal informatics can take as they become embedded in a person’s social and physical environments. The intention was to explore and push the boundaries
of what could be possible beyond the screen dominated world; focused on displaying the information about the activity of walking as it unfolds in urban India.
Insights from primary research about walking revealed posture as a key attribute to monitor.
The user would receive immediate feedback to correct their posture via the
silicone patch embedded with skin-mountable electronics (sensors and vibrators).
The posture change would be tracked every 30 seconds and this data would be transmitted to the partner’s portable display device (e.g. key-chain) in a cumulative manner. The cumulative color change would monitor the posture progress by the minute. The pair could then share their reflections through 4 of the possible interaction scenarios.
Tracking physiological change
Immediate haptic feedback to the user, and visual data sharing
with the motivational partner
Creating an interpersonal interaction while opening a dialogue
between user and partner
This concept was developed through a process of design research, ideation, and iteration. Further details
can be found in the project documentation book.
Watch a concept video to learn more about how the Posture Patch would work.