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Calm In Your Palm


Tranquilo is a quick self-guided meditation system for people who want to separate their home and work life and manage their stress.



Project Type / 

Product Design​

UI/UX Design

Group Work


Year / 


Team Members /

Busarin  Chumong

Elly Nam

Mariko Sanchez

1 in 3 Americans report they are living with extreme stress 

1 in 2 say stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional life


How to help people live a less stressful life?

Design Process





Primary Research

Secondary Research


UX design

Product Design

UI Design

User Research

User Survey

How do people relax?


Potential users and professionals


Mission Statement

To provide a way for stressed people to separate work and home life so that they can lead a less stressful life.


• Tries many stress relief tactics to calm her mind and body
• Keeps these available during work to take a break 
• She deals with listening to many peoples’ problems
• She’s not able to “self care” because work follows her
• Her stress manifests itself into physical form
• Wants to perform well at work and keep healthy
  relationships at home

“My mind is constantly going and I just want a way to shut it off after work.”

Positioning Matrix

Product Developing


Brainwave and EEG sensor

Our thoughts, emotions and behaviours is the communication between neurons within our brains. Brainwaves are produced by synchronised electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other.

Theta Brainwaves

Theta brain waves are the brain state of REM sleep (dreams), hypnosis, lucid dreaming, and the barely conscious state just before sleeping and just after waking.


Brainwaves are detected using sensors placed on the scalp. Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electrical activity along the scalp. EEG measures voltage fluctuations resulting from ionic current flows within the neurons of the brain.


How does Tranquilo make bubbles?

UX/UI Design

Mockup Testing

We did several user tests to test out the gesture controlled interacting experience and ergonomic form design. We focused on designing intuitive, ceremonial experience which requires minimum operation and natural aesthetics.





Tranquilo gives the user real time feedback of their mental states through colored light and a physical bubble


A headpiece with embedded EEG sensor tracks brainwaves

Use the mobile app to track the process over the days, months, years


Tranquilo provides a light breathing guide and focal point, which is the bubble. Users can follow the center light to inhale and exhale to reach their calm state more quickly. The selection of colored light feedback is designed to communicate calm throughout the journey of the user’s mental state of active to calm.

Gesture Controlled UI

The product echos the ease of use of sliding into a new practice through its gesture controlled interface. Without having to touch the product, the user can go through the simple steps of setting a time and difficulty. 

This provides a user-tested, intuitive first interaction between the user and the product, which becomes a ritual overtime. By not being distracted by buttons and switches, the user can delve immediately into their meditation session. 

The Q Brainwave Sensor tracks the user's state of mind from active to relaxed utilizing EEG sensors. These are embedded in the headpiece and give real-time feedback through the bubble size and light color. The LED light on the back signifies to the user when the product is on.

Q Brainwave Sensor
Mobile Application

The user not only receives real time feedback of their current session, but through the mobile application, the user can track their progress over the course of days, months, and years.


Through the app, the user has the ability to dive deep into the data of a meditation session, to discover the amount of time it takes for them to reach a calmed state or how long they were able to sustain that state of mind. Knowing this data, the user can practice specific details, like using breathing, to reach their calm state quicker and longer. 

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