*** 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
UXUI - 5 Weeks | Furniture & ID - 2 Weeks
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 and extension of Google’s Digital Wellbeing from a “spatial perspective”.
My Living Room
Growing up I had two large tv’s in my conjoined dining room and living room. One tv in front of the dining table and one in the living room. They were always on, even during dinner. And so you could imagine conversation was very little to non existent. So from this experience I’ve always had this question: Is technology affecting us personally and relationally?
“The nature of our devices is causing us to become overly reliant on our devices.”
~Sherry Turkle | MIT Psychologist | Technology an Self
“We are fleeing from the discomfort of boredom, solitude, and conversation for merely the “feeling” of connection.”
~Sherry Turkle | Author of “Reclaiming Conversation”
This fleeing of solitude is:
1. Hindering Socio-Emotional Development
2. Decreasing Creativity
3. Inhibiting Inner Dialogue crucial to our emotional and mental grounding of self.
*Solitude is important to forming healthy relationships with ourselves so that we could form healthy relationship with others.
Can I create new ways for people to easily disconnect & be released from their devices?
What if we could designate certain Spaces or Moments as “Disturbance Free” zones?
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.
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.
An embedded charging point programmed to place your phone into “Do Not Disturb” mode. The table acts as a natural place for your phone after your day at work. Pause maintains a seamless surface that is easy to clean. There is also an inner tray to hide your phone away from sight acting as a secondary level of “Do Not Disturb”.
Triggers Custom UX Routines
When your phone is placed on the table, NFC points under the surface triggers custom one-touch routine buttons via Google Assistant (Netflix or music playlists) that are triggered by time of day and location. The Do-Not-Disturb point also creates separate action points for different moments of Do-Not-Disturb (optimized for specific scenarios) one could activate with one touch.
Creates a space for reflection
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.
More Ways to Disconnect via App
Designate Spaces or Moments you don’t want to be disturbed in. Choose by Product, Location, or App.
Choose a number of compatible products that can be used as Do Not Disturb Points when phone is docked.
When you enter a location of choice, Do not Disturb activates automatically with your discretion.
Choose apps you don’t like to be disturbed in. Do not Disturb activates when designated apps are in full screen.
Driving Question: How can I encourage Solitude?
1. Emotion: Cause a desire to Pause
Can I make it pleasant to put down your phone? Can I evoke a pleasant release from your phone?
2. Space: Create a reflection space
What does a space that promotes solitude look like? How can I create a space that evokes calm?… Space for phone?. Room for reflective articles such as journal and books.
3. Digital: Do Not Disturb Levels
What if your space could control/change the interface of your phone? What if there were different regions of the table that triggered levels of Do Not Disturb depending on need?
1. A Layer of Fog
Frosted Glass evoke experience of fog
2. Pause Table
Side table designed for multi-use
3. Three Dips of black.
Programed Regions: On, DND, Off
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. And depending on location, in this case a restaurant, the phone presents only the apps you need and pre-selected for your “Eating Routine” on one screen within the app drawer. So you can have less impulsive app entries.
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, with a choice to grey out your app icons, 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. And you can choose the 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.