At the touch of the hand the tracks fade in and out, overlap and loop, to release alpha brainwaves that soothes your troubled mind. Meet The Ambient Comforter.
In an interaction course at Htw Berlin, a group of industrial design students started researching different psychological issues and found their target group; young people suffering from social pressures and others stressors. While interviewing people on how they coped with the daily stress, they found that the items used the most were the cup, the blanket and that they listened to ambient music for relaxation. And so they started designing the blanket that puts your brain into a scientifically relaxed state, The Ambient Comforter.
While interacting with the blanket it produces ambient, harmonic sounds that creates a relaxing atmosphere. Used as a daily ritual, it can, according to the students, help calm the mind from troubling thoughts, emotional tension and anxiety.
Inside the comforter, the interactive elements are wired so that each one has its own voice within a musical theme. The more the user interacts with it, the more parts of the theme are unveiled, until the whole musical picture is explored. Several tracks are short melodies that are repeating themselves. This makes the music predictable and relaxing. The whole piece itself takes about two minutes, but as it is constantly played in a loop, it is actually endless.
The Ambient Comforter was created by Yulia Aster, Jiajia Ding, Clara Philippzig, Jacob “Nico“ Schuberth and Florian Uszmant at Htw Berlin.