THE CHALLENGE

Help people with Post Concussion Syndrome navigate public spaces.

Context

After a concussion, enduring symptoms known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS) can last for weeks and even years - causing hyper-sensitivity to a variety of external stimuli.

People who suffer from PCS can have difficulty navigating public transportation, where demanding and often unavoidable auditory environments threaten to trigger residual symptoms.

Post Concussion Syndrome makes public spaces

feel like hostile environments.

The problem with trains.

After speaking with sufferers, neuropsychologists, and social workers, I decided to focus my research around public transportation. These environments have several qualities that make them uniquely challenging to people with PCS.

1

Highly stimulating

Bus and train stations are busy, loud, and fast-paced spaces that are hyper-saturated with auditory and visual stimuli.

2

Demand attention

Interpreting cues from a variety of auditory and visual sources is essential for navigating these systems.

3

Often unavoidable

Those who rely on public transportation don't have the option to avoid these spaces, which they're advised to do.

CONCEPT

Interrupt salient stimuli, and translate information into a less cognitively demanding physical language.

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Headphones

INTERFEARENCE

Noise-canceling headphones interrupt incoming auditory stimuli and send information to the garment.

Arduino

FEEDBACK

The garment translates info into haptic feedback. This is achieved with an Arduino in the prototype.

Felt + Quilt

INTERFACE

Feedback is communicated through soft, heavy materials which also provide weighted blanket therapy, a technique used to appease children with autism.

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Categorical

Delineates between speech, tonal, and a-tonal sounds.

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Spectral

Communicates a stimulus’ value along a spectrum.

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Neutralizing

Evens the peaks, troughs, and abrupt changes in the environment.

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