*** Disclaimer: This is an independent personal project that is not associated with and may not reflect the view’s or plans of Google.
Date: January - Feb 2019 | Smart Interface & Furniture
6 Week Project | Furniture, ID, UX/UI
Sacred Spaces is a system of smart products and a mobile interface that creates different ways for individuals to disconnect and be less disrupted in moments of solitude and company within the spaces they inhabit.
Sacred Spaces is an exploration of Google’s Digital Wellbeing from a “spatial perspective”.
It is no secret that the rise of the “Attention Economy” and our device culture is taking a toll on our mental health and wellbeing. It is inhibiting our creativity, solitude, empathy, conversation, all crucial aspects of our overall health and stabilizing of self. These capacities are challenged when we turn to our screens rather than to the conversations we hold with ourselves and with others.
Current Do Not Disturb, not designed well for the digital nomad.
The current Automatic Do Not Disturb feature is very useful. But scheduled activation by Time and Event is too ridged. The feature does not work well for spontaneous demographics or personalities of people who have ever changing routines and schedules. At the same time the current mobile experience still distracts in the way it presents us all the options all the time, whilst tempting us. I wanted to create more ways for the user to be able to disconnect simply in certain moments within the spaces they inhabit, while also maintaining a UX experience that balanced usefulness and distraction free, whether they are in their home, or out and about.
What if we could designate certain Spaces or Moments as “Disturbance Free” zones?
Designate Spaces or Moments you don’t want to be disturbed in. Choose by Product, Location, or App.
01 Pause Table
The Pause Table is a side table to promote the ritual of solitude, and self reflection by providing a “Do Not Disturb” charging point for your phone, and storage space for reflective articles. Place it in your living room, next to your bed, or in your private space of solitude.
Custom UX Routine Buttons
When your phone is placed on the table it provides custom routine buttons via Google Assistant that reveal via time of day and location, detected by NFC points under the surface. The Do-Not-Disturb Marker also creates separate action points for different moments of Do-Not-Disturb one could activate with one touch.
The table acts as natural place for your phone after your day at work. Pause also maintains a seamless surface that is easy to clean.
Inspired by the experience of Fog, the Pause Table mimics this visual experience with frosted acrylic glass, to evoke the emotion of wanting to pause and disconnect from your devices.
When in solitude some people like to spend quality time alone with a book, or a journal. The table creates room to hold such items. The table surface can swivel over couches, beds, or chairs while also acting as a writing surface for your moments of reflection.
Pull Upward : Clicks in Place
The table’s inner strut has spring loaded one way latches that clicks the table in place as you pull the table upward for different heights. The curved edges allow for the fingers to easily grab and lift the surface upward.
Press & Hold to lower
Buttons at the bottom lock the levers in place allowing the user to lower the surface to click it back into place.
Do Not Disturb Locations
Using the mobile’s GPS, just by simply walking into a location of choice, Do-Not-Disturb automatically is turned on until you leave, to help you be present and undistracted. Depending on location, the phone triggers custom UX for specific routines, to provide convenience for a specific moment with less distraction.
As you enter a restaurant, you can respond when whole party arrives. Then Do Not Disturb is enabled until you leave. Or if you are expecting a call or message you can dismiss or turn off Do Not Disturb.
For more ambiguous locations, the phone presents Do Not Disturb Modes. If you are working and don’t want any interruptions you can select “Focused Mode” from the Ambient Display. “Focused Mode” puts your phone into Do Not Disturb, provides a less visually stimulating interface, and presents only the apps you need the most for work, conveniently on one frame, to decrease the urge to swipe mindlessly.
Tag Spaces in Home
Using VSLAM technology, you can map and designate spaces in your home you don’t want to be disturbed in, such as a dining room or a small area on your porch. Choose the space & time frame of activation. When your device is within that zone, Do-Not-Disturb turns on automatically and presents a custom UX to help you be present.
Manage Individual Apps
Some people use certain apps for reflective Solitude moments. The user can choose apps they don’t want to be disturbed while using. While app is in full screen Do Not Disturb activates automatically.