2024
Rosie Johnson
Industrial Design and Technology BA
Interaction
Calm Cub
Picture of current MIB team

Project Description

In the UK, 1 in 5 young people aged 8-25 struggle with their mental wellbeing and 34% of a child’s day is spent in a school environment. Research suggests that despite the positive long-term impacts of self-regulation, children are rarely taught how to pay attention and regulate their emotions, resulting in challenges within school environments. The Calm Cub is a solution to this problem. With the support of the app, Calm Cub uses lights and gentle pulsations in the user's hand to facilitate engaging and interactive breathing exercises. These techniques not only assist children in maintaining calmness but also enhance their focus and attention during lessons. Additionally, the device incorporates a tactile element alongside lights and vibrations, helping to stimulate sensory exploration which supports a child’s cognitive, emotional, and social development. Calm Cub is a handheld device that encourages active engagement, making the learning experience for children more immersive and enjoyable. The user can interact with the product closely and feel the haptic vibrations on the skin through touch. Its portability allows the device to be easily accessible in moments they need it most. The Calm Cub App helps users to learn about mindfulness breathing in a fun and immersive way. Tailored specifically for children, the app offers a variety of enjoyable breathing activities. Users have the freedom to personalise their Calm Cub experience by selecting their preferred colour mood for the device, whist also allowing the teacher to recognise how the child is feeling.