SLEEPWISE by Panasonic

Year: 2016-2017
Company: Panasonic
Role: Creative Lead, UX Designer
Exhibition: SXSW Interactive 2017
Press Coverage

Introduction

SLEEPWISE is a compact wearable device that helps users create a personally designed environment, at home or on the road, to get a better night’s sleep. Its sensing device and app controls the user’s smart home and IoT devices to create the conditions for his or her preferred environment.

Product Component

SLEEPWISE comes with a wearable module, a bedside sensor, and a smartphone app. Together, they work with the user’s smart home IoT devices to create the ideal sleep environment for the user.

Project Objective

SLEEPWISE was initiated as a collaboration between Panasonic and Parsons School of Design to research, prototype, and innovate a new wearable technology that addresses health and wellness needs. As the creative lead and product designer of the team, I was tasked with identifying pain points in sub-health conditions, and designing a new wearable tech product that aims to solve those needs.

Research

Working together with business leaders, engineers and designers from Panasonic and Parsons, the project follows a standard define-prototype-test-iterate process. To define our scope, we created agent maps, mind maps, polarity maps, and conducted informal interviews with people who have experienced sleep deprivation or sleeping disorder.

Mind Map & Polarity Map
Informal Interview

“I don’t have a healthy sleeping pattern. I sleep 6-7 hours per night but it’s inconsistent.”

– Mark, 28, Creative Developer

“I can’t fall asleep until 4 am for almost 2 years. I tried watching tv, reading, meditating, listening to music. None of them works.”

– Tian, 32, Strategist

“I sleep regularly every night, but I still feel very tired every morning when I wake up.”

– Lorina, 26, Research Assistant

“I used to sleep terribly. After I started working out, it helped a lot.”

– Melissa, 41, Accountant

Existing Products vs SLEEPWISE

Through close examination of the current sleep tracking products on the market, our research identified that existing technology tracks the user’s sleep pattern, and generates a summary report for each night. These sleep reports may be useful for review the user’s sleep quality, but provides no solution to improve sleep quality. Instead of passively collecting data throughout the night, our team wanted to create a product that actively helps the user sleep better during the night.

Below the graph shows how the proposed product would benefit the user from a better night sleep. On the left, the room temperature AC is set at 75 fahrenheit throughout the night, causing the user to wake up from time to time. On the right, the room temperature is adjusted dynamically by the smartphone app according to the user’s sleep cycle, helping the user sleep better at night.

Mobile Application

The smartphone app is the central hub for SLEEPWISE. When connected to the wearable module and IoT devices, the app’s algorithm monitors and modify the user’s sleeping environment to promote a healthy sleep cycle unique to each user.

To ensure that the app is designed for bedtime use, I created wireframes and prototypes based on HCI practices, and followed standard usability guidelines.

Design Iteration

Various iterations were made throughout the design process. These iterations were presented to the team at Panasonic, our peers, faculty critics and user tested with potential users. Following the feedback and critique received, the final designs were executed to be further tested.

User Flow
User Persona
SKYLER SPARKS

Age: 34
Occupation: Interior Designer
Status: Single
Location: New York, NY
Archetype: Business Traveler

Goals
  • To rest better during travel
  • Cut down on caffeine addiction
  • Minimize jet lag
Quote

“Hotels are never comfy enough for me.”

Low Fidelity Prototype

The home screen allows user to set wake up time, and check the current sleep environment, including temperature, humidity, and light intensity.

Trend shows the user their sleep score and performance for the past night, past week, and past month. The data also displays average temperature, humidity, and light intensity in the environment.

The device screen makes it easy for user to connect to sensors, smart IoT products from both Panasonic and third parties using WiFi or Bluetooth.

The setting screen lets user adjust location, time zone, and turn on or off any sleep aid therapies.

Mid Fidelity Prototype
Cover
Sleep-Regular
Insights-LastNight
Artboard 23
Profile-Settings
Devices-Sensors
Devices-Sensors-Temp
Profile
Insights-Calendar
Devices-Sync
Welcome02-Pair
Devices-Sensors-Motion

Visual Identity

Icon

Moon, clouds, and earth moving in unison. The background gradient evokes sunrise and sunset.

Color

Dark blue tones with subtle gradients for calmness and mindfulness.

Motion Graphics

Building on top of the line drawing aesthetics, I created an animation trailer that introduces SLEEPWISE. The animation walks viewer through the importance of a balanced sleep, and highlights product features of SLEEPWISE.

The animation trailer is featured at the main exhibition hall inside the Panasonic House during SXSW Interactive 2017.

Storyboards

SXSW 17

During March 11-14, the Panasonic House was open to SXSW attendants, attracting more than 8,000 visitors and generating buzz from Yahoo, Wareable, Women’s Wear Daily, Tencent Digital, and more. Team SLEEPWISE was interviewed by Andru Edwards to talk about the Panasonic X Parsons collaboration.