Can Nature's Forms And Sounds Help The Sleepless?
We know that art has been inspired by nature at least as far back as the Cave Man. Technology too has had a love affair with nature for thousands of years, though we are just recently experiencing a resurgence with a new 'biomimicry' movement. But besides biomimetic art and technology, there are biomimetic exercises, such as those we find in certain yoga positions... and now, an NYU design student and insomniac, has employed the shapes and sounds of nature to help the sleepless sleep.
Filipa Tomaz calls her biomimicry project 'Cocooning.' She has created several pieces of furniture and pillows of various forms that are designed to provide maximum calm, like the cocoon-like sleep chair above, which rocks and emits the sounds of gentle ocean tides and spashes on shoreline rocks.
Each of Tomaz's body forming designs incorporates a sleep-inducing technology inspired by nature. This body pillow, for example, beats to the user's heart rate, vibrating gently with a sound wave that follows the beat until the heart rate is normalized.
The body-interlaced pillow supports the neck, sacrum and legs, while its gentle vibrations measure muscle tension, and evolves into a soft 'Om' as muscles relax.
Ms. Tomaz writes: Cocooning” is an exercise in affective technology and seamless body-object interaction. Its aim is to conduce the body into a state of rest and promote wellness. Under the premise that the body learns viscerally, these body-objects are behavioral change companions.
Do you suffer from insomnia? What is your best guess about the effectiveness of the Cocoon designs? I'm willing to bet these biomimetic designs become successful sleep aid products!