Drone-guided Breathwork

interaction design · robotics
Mafalda Samuelsson-Gamboa (Principal), Morten Fjeld, Sara Ljungblad, Mohammad Obaid, Bitcraze AB, PLUX Wireless Biosignals SA, Qualisys AB

Wisp is a product and experience design experiment built on a Bitcraze Crazyflie 2.1 micro-quadcopter drone and a PLUX/BITalino respiration sensor. By synchronizing its movements and lights the user’s with breathing patterns, the drone can both lead and follow the breath in order to encourage, teach, guide, and augment breathwork.

The experience design is inspired and informed by how breathwork teachers work with children.

Selected Results


Mafalda Gamboa, Mehmet Aydın Baytaş and Sara Ljungblad (2021). Wisp: a Design Case for Temporality in Research through Design in Human-Robot Companionship. Paper for the HRI '21 Workshop Research Through Design Approaches in Human-Robot Interaction (RTDxHRI). [PDF]

Mafalda Gamboa, Mohammad Obaid, and Sara Ljungblad (2021). Ritual Drones: Designing and Studying Critical Flying Companions. Companion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. [ACM Digital Library]


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