Somaesthetics

We are attempting to design interactions with technology that support users to increase their bodily awareness, learning new bodily movements, new ways of breathing, or more pleasurable and aesthetically interesting ways of using your body.

We have built three prototypes that explores bodily awareness and how we through technology may increase this. The first prototype, the Breathing Light, mirrors your breathing pattern through a light fading in and out in in cadence with your breaths. The second prototype, the Soma Mat, is a mat that toghether with audio instructions heats up and guides your attention to different body parts. The third one, the Pressure Mat, mirrors small bodily movements in a soundscape and encorages the exploration of these in a more playful way.

These prototypes have been tested with users and indicates promising results on perceived changes in bodily awareness. A longer term study is conducted during the autumn of 2016.

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