Pablob

An alarm using a combination of sound and human nature to wake you up better
Type: B1.2 Project
Team: Cas Zeegers, Helena Willard

A lot of students have trouble with getting up in the morning; some have no motivation or energy due to long hours, others might be stressed because of, for example, upcoming exams or deadlines. In my second Industrial design project, this is the problem we decided to tackle. How can we wake people feel better when they are woken up?
In your sleep you can sense sounds that happen in your sleep environment unconsciously. When a sound is played you will hear it and remember it, without being conscious. Many people link certain sounds to certain feelings and emotions; because of this some sounds will remember you of a happening or feeling that is linked with it. This is a way of classical conditioning.

Pablob
Pablob

Pablob is the device we use to apply this theory in real life. The Pablob plays sounds when you are asleep that will provide a relaxed or energetic mood before you wake up. The functions of the sounds depend on your schedule of the next day, which Pablob will read directly from your smartphone or computer.

In the Pablob we combine your personal conditioning with unconscious sensing in the sleep.

A large part of the project was devoted to how Pablob should look. It had to be inviting to interact with, but it also had to look pleasing as it would be a pretty central piece in a bedroom. For this reason we conducted several tests on the looks, shape and feel of it.

Eventually we came up with a crystalized, illuminated shell and a shape based on the hand slap impacts of 50 other students.

Hand impact shape
Hand impact shape

A large part of the project was devoted to how Pablob should look. It had to be inviting to interact with, but it also had to look pleasing as it would be a pretty central piece in a bedroom. For this reason we conducted several tests on the looks, shape and feel of it.

Eventually we came up with a crystalized, illuminated shell and a shape based on the hand slap impacts of 50 other students.

One of the many proposed looks
One of the many proposed looks