Breathing Room

Interactive Immersive Environment

Founded by NTNU. Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MTP) and XeThru Novelda

Norway 2016-18

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The Breathing Room: Breathing Interval and Heart Rate Capturing through Ultra Low Power Radar

A concept developed in collaboration with Martinus Suijkerbuijk and Heikki Sjoman

The Breathing Room is an interactive immersive environment that uses impulse radar technology by XeThru Novelda to create a dynamic interaction between space (environment) and the human respiratory system (body). The Breathing Room enables the participant to synchronize its natural breathing pattern to the manipulation of the space. The architecture of the space consists of ‘living hinge´panels, that through their unique CNC cut pattern enable the wooden panels to morph in three dimensions. The installation uses the multiple features (speed, accuracy, material penetrability) of the radar technology to create a bio-friendly environment that enhances relaxation and contemplation.

The Breathing Room Prototype was first presented at The ACM CHI2018 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, the premier international conference on Human-Computer Interaction. In Montreal in April 2018.