19o5.design – by My Nguyen

Overview


SleepCo is your advanced personal sleep assistant that aims to help you to create a perfect bedtime environment, track your sleep quality and help you get ready for a new day. This is a mobile app proposal project - a personal project for my Engaging the Mobile Environment course at RMIT University (2018).





The problem


Back in 2016, after reading Tristan Harris’s article “How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind”︎ on Medium, I’ve been really interested in the way that we use and interact with technology. Smartphone was created for us to experience more conveniences and to live a better life. Ironically, it is also one of the most important problems that we are facing, from lowering our self-esteem, limit our interaction with the outside world or bad sleeping habits.

With the alarming rate of more than 1/3 of Americans adults and nearly 150 million adults in the developing world reported getting less than 7 hours of sleep comes the concern of sleep deprivation across the world like never before. The science and awareness of a good sleep has been raised everywhere to undertake this issue, one specific factor leads to sleep disorders is reported to be the skyrocketed usage of mobile phone before sleep. A shocking 65% of global population sleep with their phones beside their beds and are showed more struggling to fall asleep, which results in lesser time in deep sleep.

Where Our Phone Sleep by Qualcomm, 2012

The solution


Fast forward to the start of 2018, when I was given the assignment to develop and propose an idea for a new application, I took the chance to dig deeper into this topic and created my imaginary app - SleepCo. SleepCo is your advanced personal sleep assistant that aims to help you to create a perfect bedtime environment, track your sleep quality and help you get ready for a new day. Based on the collected information from the users or internal health monitor app, SleepCo sketches out a recommended sleeping plan. Through scientific analysis of the data, SleepCo coordinates with commonly used mobile apps and external hardware and devices to set up reminders and supplement the most sufficient resources to facilitate sleeping. Administration processes such as application usage and notification restriction are also utilised to reinforce healthier digital usage. Focus on building a better digital environment and helping users adopt better bedtime habits.

Administration processes such as application usage and notification restriction are also utilised to reinforce healthier digital usage. Focus on building a better digital environment and helping users adopt better bedtime habits.







UI proposal (1): Launch Screen; Home; Settings



UI proposal (2): Insights - Weekly; Insights - Daily; SleepCo's notification when user reaches time limit.




Main functions


- Create an ideal sleeping environment by connecting with user’s Apple Home app, music, podcasts and ebook apps. SleepCo controls home appliances and connected electronic devices to adjust the perfect temperature, lightings, soundscape for sleeping, using scientific information.
- Screen and apps usage tracking and managing to limit the duration of phone usage before sleep and prevent sleep delay.
- Advanced sleep tracking algorithm with both motion and sound detection. Analyse user’s sleep cycles (Awake, REM, Light sleep, Deep sleep) and sleep statistics.
- Recommend suitable sleeping time by Calendar, Reminder, Map and Weather. Select the best wake-up time, calculated according to real-time sleep analysis using motion & sound detection.
- Analyse improvement and comparison between sleeping habit with mood, health data and physical activity.
- Built-in library included soundscapes, podcasts, meditation and breathing courses. Customisable themes, snooze, alarm, sleeping modes and schedule.
- Data backup with iClouds and export feature.





Interactivities


Touch screen
Voice command
GPS, Mobile Data & Wifi
External devices (The tech industry is witnessing the growing influence of the Internet of Things and especially the submerging trend of smarthome. In response to this, SleepCo integrates HomeKit and capable of controlling any HomeKit-compatible appliances on the purpose of improving the sleeping environment (e.g. dimming sleep lights, closing off curtains, starting coffee machine, etc)




Analysis

The app could face some troubles from competitor apps (Sleep Cycle, Pillow, Calm, etc) that are already been in the market with advanced features and a considerable number of audience. However, there are opportunities with the rising trend of healthy lifestyle. Many applications have distracting features that make users forget their original goals. SleepCo includes options that send the user off the screen, help them focus on what they really want to do. SleepCo is not just a normal sleep tracking app on the market. Aside from helping normal users to record their sleeping habit, it also focuses on one of the main problem causing sleep deprivation. The app shows the effects of mobile applications on our health if used in a wrong way. Taking the chance from the expansion of IoT, the app is shaping up to contribute to the movement of a humane approach to mobile user.


iOS 12's new Screen Time feature






Softwares used


InVision Studio (Beta), Adobe Illustrator






Key takeaway


The proposal for SleepCo was such a fun project to do since I have always been passionate about designing for a better cause. Later in 2018, after trying the beta release for developers of iOS 12, I was so excited to see Apple has taken action in improving customer experience in a more meaningful way with its new Screen Time function. It could help to make people be more conscious of how they are using their phone and managing their screen time better.