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Problem Space

Something that we have been doing since the day we were born, is wake up. Upon waking up, we carry along with the rest of our days and life. As we gain more responsibilities or commitments to stay up late and to wake up early. Thus the goal is to find out a way which will help us to wake up smoothly, comfortably, and feeling refreshed.

Why Matters?

There is copious research claiming the benefits of rising in the morning and expose the harms of snoozing morning alarms. Hitting the snooze button supposedly results in more confusion and a type of sleep inertia that can persist for 2-4 hours, according to Rafael Pelayo, a sleep specialist at Stanford University Sleep Center. Biologist Christoph Randler has also discovered that people whose performance peaks in the morning are better positioned for career success.

Current Solution 

Data Analysis with Tableau

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Our target population includes high school/college students and people with age between 16-45, nearly 40% of the population in the United States. We believe customers in the category would have enough motivation on average to improve their daily schedule by having this product instead of an ordinary alarm clock.

According to our analysis of three typical personas, young professionals focus more on the efficacy while married adult focuses more on the safety. Thus, our product should have the following key features.


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Idea & Sketches

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From the analysis of current solution and sleep data, I found that creating solutions help to wake up (suddenly or violently) but not get up won‘t be considered as an efficient sustainable solution. If the solution may make some internal improvement in our body, maybe getting up will become easier. I also found external force like light and vibration actually did a better job in waking people up, thus I want to create something that is easy to get, but can corporate all the functions which lead to the idea of smart pillow.


Smart Pillow Product Design

Upon thorough consideration of the task of waking up in the morning, I have decided to improve current memory foam pillows to allow them to better facilitate waking up and being well rested. The pillow has wake up modes of vibration, light, sound, and temperature.

  1. The light could be dimed and features red light to help you sleep and blue light to help wake up.

  2. The sound can only be heard when you put your head on the pillow so it doesn‘t disturb others.

  3. The vibration has a low and high mode.

3D Model with 3ds Max


Experiment with LED light and speaker pad

APP Design

I also designed an app paired with the pillow which allows the users to customize the alarm time, snooze and stop the alarm by answer a simple math problem, set the mode of the pillow and track sleep data.

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Interactive prototype with