2024
Louis DeCleyn
Industrial Design and Technology BA
Interaction
Sine: Police Resilience
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Project Description

1 in 5 police officers experience symptoms of PTSD due to frequent exposure to traumatic experience. The impact of this frequent exposure to traumatic experience is heightened by the high-pressure environment, organisational stressors and ever increasing officer standards. This project proposes a tool to improve resilience to the traumatic events prevalent in law enforcement roles. Resonant frequency practice harnesses the link between the oscillations of the cardiovascular and respiratory system to positively impact heart rate variability. High heart rate variability indicates a persons capability to perform and respond effectively to stressful scenarios. The device monitors the users heart rate and breathing rate. It learns the users personal breathing rate required to produce maximal increases in heart rate variability. The wearable plays an intuitive pattern across the 6 motor array positioned on the inside of the bicep communicating the optimal breathing rate. Using vibration, the product can be worn while on duty without disrupting the officers senses. Taking advantage of advancements in sensor capabilities, the device monitors physiological signs of stress dynamically introducing resonant frequency sessions throughout use. Sine also maps users stress levels across a timeline. This aims to enhance the police timelining technique used as a trauma impact prevention strategy designed to facilitate healthy processing and recovery from trauma.