Olie recreates baby's development
Project pitch, research, interviews, workshops, ideation, prototyping, sound design, visual design, video shoot, video editing.
Sound design, Interaction design
How might we connect father and future siblings to the journey of pregnancy with a developing baby?
We explored the baby development inside the mother's belly and recreated those moments.
Mothers explained it is difficult to express the feelings they experienced inside the belly to their partners during the early stages of pregnancy. We tried to make those feelings tangible.
Develop a bond between fathers and siblings with the developing baby which is fairly late in real.
It gets far easier for fathers to get emotional and caring when they could hear the heartbeats during the ultrasound and see or feel the movements. Can we create those moments quite often during the pregnancy phase?
It amplifies the baby's activity inside the mother‘s belly which can be experienced by family members.
Olie helps the family to connect with the developing baby. It serves as a companion throughout the pregnancy.Focusing on and highlighting the emotional aspects regarded as the most exciting and positive, OLIE senses the baby’s heartbeat and movements
WHat OLIE does?
Olie amplifies the heartbeat and movements of the baby inside the mom's belly. Olie is designed to bring the family together as well as feel and preserve the magical development of the baby.
Converted into Sound
Converted into Sound + Haptic
Converted into animtation
Insights from Parents
Why we did what we did?
To enable a mother in expressing the feeling of her belly to her partner. While speaking to mother and father during our interview we came to know mother finds it difficult to be able to convey her experience. At the same time, fathers want to stay involved with the developments.
Olie product details
Designed to amply the sound and user experience. Form is derived from the bird's nest as an inspiration.
Air vent for sound amplification
Sensors to capture heartbeat and movement from belly
Mild heat to comfort belly when touched
Split line for sound to amplify
Button to set week
Values that olie brings
Creating family moments and bring them together
Interaction with Olie is designed to engage family members which also enhances the experience of Olie.
Feel of touching the belly
The touch of belly makes mother and baby feel loved and protected. While developing the working of Olie, we developed the idea of bringing Olie closer to the baby.
Preserving the memories of magical development
Development memories always stay in memory. We aimed to preserve these memories and bring them to life.
Interaction with Olie is designed to reduce the distance between the baby and family and bring them closer
Put it back on the doc
Press gently to activate
Lift Olie from doc
Place Olie on the belly to hear heartbeat and movements
Watch progress animations
Amplification of heartbeat and movement
An important piece that had to go right. While exploring sound design we looked into various methods like using water droplets, footsteps, real heartbeat for the translation, and tested with various mothers and fathers. They wanted the sound to be close to reality but at the same time, we didn't want to make it a medical device.
110-140 beats per minute.
In natural occurrence, the heartbeat overlaps the sound of movement sound.
SOUND + HAPTICS
Low frequencies create vibrations which can be felt while using Olie
Progress captured over time is translated into animation of dots and can be transferred to personal devices
Life cycle of olie
Service around the product is designed to increase the life cycle of Olie to avoid its temporal use.
Challenges in designing olie
Olie was meant to bring love not fear?
It should not become a health monitoring device.
Interpretation of heartbeat should be real or gamified?
What should be the correct overlap of heartbeat and movement, as both occur at the same time?
The life span of the device, what should be the after use scenario?
A human-centered design approach to which included sound and industrial design