Premo is an experiment to the possibilities of Deep Pressure Touch Contractions for our emotional well being. This is the digital appendix & info page of:
‘Calming pressure: a study through design on stress reduction by deep pressure touch contractions through wearable technology’
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Stress (and Anxieties) complaints tend to be more pervasive in today’s life [3, 21]. Reducing levels of stress is becoming of more importance for mental wellbeing  due to its negative consequences [7, 5]. Therefore a way to lower our levels of stress would be invaluable. The crossover between stress and ever more present wearable technology show such devices would be promising. Deep Pressure Touch (PDT), pressure on the body, is known for its therapeutic calming effect [7, 8, 10, 25]. Derived from this the wearable device ‘Premo’ has been developed and its effectiveness of ability to reduce stress levels and on task performance-related stress. A tailored system had to be designed because of the lack of existing adaptive DPT systems and the novel inclusion of the rhythm instead of continuous pressure.
This paper starts by outlining stress, deep pressure touch, related wearable technology, rhythm and social synchronicity. Then we highlight the gap in the field leading up to outlining the design guidelines for such a device. In order to validate the hypotheses, a device is designed following the design guidelines and this device by participants when performing a stressful task. The research reveals the design processes, potential strengths and potential limitations of this device.Here is presented how research through design method contributes to the exploration of design for emotional well being and our mental health. It is also argued that the integration of psychological insights with wearable technology makes way for an engaging area of research and enables for more meaningful technologies.
A side goal of the writer is to conduct research that could be done by every maker. Using wildly available and cheap materials it is believed it potentially makes the project accessible for further development by an audience that is not that well funded. Plans on how to build Premo are be made available online here. Therefore this work is CC BY-NC-SA licenced.
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