A bracelet designed to translate incoming notifications into understandable vibration patterns that allow the wearer to discern the importance of the notification based on its sender.
We are overwhelmed with notifications.
Today Americans will have checked their phones more than 8 billion times. ¹
In today’s world it is harder than ever to separate ourselves from our technology. Beyond us ‘digital natives’ that can’t live without our devices, it is often not possible to responsibly disconnect from our devices for fear of missed communications, important emergencies or professional responsibilities.
In order to allow people to set aside their devices and minimize distractions, we need to reduce the anxieties of this disconnect. Rather than filtering out all of the noise, Rhythm gives control over to the user by intelligently encoding and filtering your notifications.
The bracelet itself features three vibrating motors, one in the center and another on the end of each band/arm. The body of the bracelet houses a small LiPo battery and microprocessor to drive the vibrating motors and connect to the wearer's smart device via Bluetooth.
With the paired app the user selects which notifications are silenced while the bracelet is active. The remaining notifications can then be assigned unique vibrating patterns.
Rhythm was the product of several months long product incubator experience. Through rapid brainstorming sessions, demographic interviews and research the pain points associated with how we handle notifications were discovered. A few rounds of prototyping offered insight into usability and feasibility.
For the final showcase, concept renders of the product along with a lean business model and an interactive prototype demonstration using a microcontroller and vibrating motors to demonstrate the concept were displayed.