Nebula.

An ecosystem that learns and adapts to provide the best sleep routine.

Project overview.

Nebula is a project that started in Fall 2021 as a course project in a mock studio environment. We worked in a team of product and interaction designers to solve and propose a design solution responding to a client brief. Our brief asked us to design a product that addresses the relationship between technology and mental hygiene. With research, our team decided to focus on sleep as it is a significant factor in people’s mental wellbeing. In the end, we designed a smart sleep trainer that learns, adapts, and responds to the user’s routine and schedule to assist individuals in getting quality sleeps with the focus on young adults.

Timeline.

Fall 2021.

Skills.

Ecosystem design, UIUX design, Product design.

Software.

Figma, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Rhino, Keyshot.

Contribution.

Jeremy Chang - UI/UX design, Ziyi Zhou - Product & UX design.

Design challenge.

How can we assist individuals in getting the ideal sleep routine that accommodates to their schedule and behavior?

The sleep cycles.

We broke down an ideal sleep routine into three main parts - before, during, and after. To achieve a perfect sleep routine, every night, the user should begin to wrap up everything and start the sleep routine no later than 10:30 PM, which will provide them the suggested 30 minutes before bed to relax and wind down. Once bedtime hits at 11 PM, Nebula will create a quiet and dark room with a temperature set between the low to mid 60 F as research suggest for the best sleep quality. Finally, around 6:30 AM will mark the end of their 5th sleep cycle and will be the best time to wake up to prevent any morning fog or exhaustion during the day.

Learn from user, adapt for  user, and guide user.

We designed Nebula to learn and use the information gathered from its user over time to adapt and provide the ideal sleep solution for our users to have a good night’s sleep. This innovation can help separate Nebula from the other sleeping assisting products, as the longer you use it, the better personalized the product will be. In the end, it can successfully help people to have a good sleep quality.

Gather, analyze, and present the best-case scenario.

The app allows Nebula to interact with information from the user’s calendar and track the person’s sleep quality overnight through the phone. With the gathered data, the app will present the best bedtime and calculate the wake-up time at the end of a sleep cycle in the morning to reduce the intensity of morning fog and avoid a day feeling dreadful and tired.

Change of environment with room brightness, projection, sounds, and paired device.

Nebula’s core concept is to utilize the change of brightness, projection, sounds, and other paired devices to create a controlled environment that can better assist our users throughout their sleep routine. The placement of the visuals is also measured to create a more comfortable viewing experience but can always be modified based on the user’s preference.

While the app collect, the product work together to creates the experience.

Product ecosystem.

Nebula is designed to learn and use the information gathered from its user over time to adapt and provide the ideal solution for our users to have a good night’s sleep. This innovation can help separate Nebula from the other sleeping assisting products as the longer you use it, the better personalized the product will be. In the end, it can successfully assist people to have a good sleep.

Interface detail.

Product detail.

Project research.

Understand the sophisticated topic of sleep and pinpoint users’ needs.

Alwin

College student.

Other than school work, I've also have a personal project that I'm working on, which makes it hard to gain the suggested 8 hours of sleep per night.

Jim

College student.

I sometimes sleep late at night when I need to wake up early the next day. It should be fine if it is only one day, but since I'm tired right after class I will take a nap that cause the late night sleep again, and it just become a negative cycle.

Kyle

College student.

I think a lot of the things I do during the day will eventually lead up to affect my sleep. For example, during the day I tend to forget to drink water, which is why I drink a lot at night and wake up during my sleep to use the bathroom.

Takeaways.

01.

Hard time in balancing time for work and rest.

02.

Lack of sleep affects the daytime.

03.

Daily activities are all factors affecting sleep.

Usability testing & iterative design.

Customer validation.

Gain an understanding of the product positioning with scenarios and models.

Nebula is a life-enhancing product instead of a must-have product for the home.

The potential future development plan.

We believe that Nebula will be a life-changing product that can expand into a broader demographic in the near future. Over time, Nebula plans to expand its market with new features such as expanding the coverage from just one room to the whole house, becoming adaptable to a fast-changing environment for people who need to travel a lot, and expanding beyond just sleep.

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