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Breathing Pillow

Manuel Hitz, Industrial Design Michael Fretz, Interaction Design Thomas Jakob, Interaction Design

Final Prototype

Whats the goal? The user should be pleasantly guided into sleep to release him or herself  from  everyday stresses. The basic idea: Our pillows will relax the user with  rhythmical movements. We believe the rhythm of the breath can be influenced by the movement of the pillow. The pillow will adapt the breathing rate of…

Code for Breathing Pillow

Here is the Arduino source code for the “Breathing Pillow”. We used Arduino to be able to use the pillow without any connection to a computer.

User testings

To test our prototype of the pillow, we have searched different test users and performed an interview and tests with them. We recorded them on video and took photos and notes. We asked the tester to just talk whats in their mind. The feedback we have received is basically divided into two parts. Sound: The…


We tried to bring our pillows in different ways to breath. First we tried a ballon which we compressed and released and a rhythmic way. Then we went into the workshop and tried to use a servo to bring a body of foam to breathe. We determined that the servos are too weak for such…


To reassure the user, we want to give him the feeling of human contact. From our research, observations and conversations with others, our conclusion was that the breath of someone else must have a very calming effect. We observed across all age groups, that people relax to lay their head on the abdomen or the…

Research – Personas

In our research, we divided the sleep process in three parts: to sleep, sleep and dream and wake up. Because we could find very few scientific facts about sleeping and dreaming , we concentrated very soon on falling asleep and waking up. We found all kinds of alarm clocks and sleep aids. After the research…