Final Project Video: Anda Breath Bracelet Prototype (Final DIY Health)
DIY health challenged us to develop a new and inventive way to track our own health. I have always been interested in breath and its function in exercise, relaxation, focus, stress reduction and desease being a long distance runner and musician. Over the course of the semester I monitored my breath during exercise and random parts of the day. I built a bracelet with Arduino containing a circuit with a 555 timer attached to an LED. The LED had two separate settings: active and passive which blinked at the desired breath rate of each state. I used the blinking light and sync my breath to the desired rate.
The goal was to improve my awareness of my breath; to sync my breath with a healthy breath rate in either an active or passive state. During the process, I became more aware of my breath my noticed an improvement in my endurance during exercise. I become more stress free and focused during my daily activities.
In the designing the functionality and features of the bracelet I researched breath in exercise, relaxation, and meditation. My final project for DIY is a video for my breath monitoring bracelet prototype. The prototype was designed using principles of first and second order feedback loops in cybernetics and the BJ Fogg behavioral grid/methodologies.
Special thanks to Alexander Christenson who lead the editing, Doug Kantor who helped filmed, Phil Groman who did the voice over, Steve Dean who pushed the designs, and the entire DIY Class….