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Creating a pleasant waking experience through a ubiquitous approach.
A New Awakening: Vibe It
A Capstone Project
How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Tired? Groggy? Angry? A New Awakening creates a pleasant waking experience through ubiquitous and ambient technology. Technology such as as the Arduino Lilypad and Phillips Light technology were an inspiration. 

User research conveyed that there is no room for more clutter in the bedroom.  Think about your nightstand; is there any room left on it? Nightstands are full of lamps, books, cell phones, glasses of water, or a pair of glasses, white noise machines and alarm clocks.  Couples often have different schedules and effect each others sleep by various alarm clocks or by hitting snooze multiple times. 

is one of three designs created for this design space. It focuses on temperature and vibrations, and the possibility of creating patterns that effect user movement. 
Diary studies were deployed for the best user self-reported metrics. Users are given privacy, ample time to write, and personal time to reflect. The likelihood of the user immediately reporting their observations is increased by not requiring the use of technology; the physical diary can be kept near the user's bed. 
This analysis consisted of a six week online diary study, ethnographic observation and interviews. The Zeo is a headband/alarm clock system meant to wake the user at a specific REM cycle. Insights from this analysis concluded that wearable computing is not an ideal option and the system is an overly involved process. 
Diary studies revealed concepts similar to the LCD vibrating alarm clock pictured above. During analysis, there was difficulty in maintaining consistent placement of the alarm clock which resulted in it falling off the bed and switching modes. Insights led the design direction towards a ubiquitous approach and further integration of technology with current bedroom artifacts. 
Keeping with a current behavioral model, the user sets their cell phone alarm. This additionally sets the Vibe-It alarm to activate twenty minutes prior to the user's 'normal' alarm. At this point, a series of cold/hot and vibration patterns begin in an attempt to effect the user's position in bed. First, bringing the user and their significant other closer together and ending with the user by the edge of the bed, making it easier to get out of the bed when the alarm goes off. 
The Vibe It Blanket prototype consisted of sewing a back massager, with heat options, into a felt blanket, and adding an outlet timer. The user(s) tested the prototype by setting their alarm with the outlet timer and placing the blanket on their bed. Along with a physical paper journal for self reported metrics, the user would have the prototype for a duration of three to seven days with minimal instruction. 
After the second artifact analysis, the Vibe It Pillow was prototyped using a pillow case and the Arduino Lilypad, with conductive thread, a battery, LED lights, and a vibe board. Unfortunately, this prototype cannot be paired with an outlet timer. However, results revealed an altered user experience with a more ubiquitous approach.