Hello I am looking for donations and or investors to help make this project a reality.The project is in phases
The initial tooling costs and first build(prototype) are estimated at around 30K to 40K
The concept has already won recognition at the European design awards 2017.This Sensory AR (automatic reboot)Pod has many uses and will be available to all
The AR Sensory Pod is designed to be used by everybody from those with sensory issues,anxiety to those who just need time out in a calm welcoming space. It can be situated in public spaces hospitals schools universities, conference centers, travel centers airports bus/train stations,shopping centers-festivals and outdoor events-sporting events- the list is endless.Due to the clever design this pod is easily transportable and mobile
A sleek, ovoid pod, with an outward-opening door and small wheels to allow easy re-positioning and transportation.
It is essential that the occupant feels secure within the space and can easily access and exit unaided.
Distractions such as flickering lights or those that hum cause negative sensory effects. The pod is a respite from this, with LED changeable lighting-the occupant needs to be able to have control over their lighting environment.
Extensive research into autism and those with sensory processing issues suggest that lighting is essential to well-being. Blue lighting can aid calmness and clarity, red is energizing, green is balancing and creates a sense of harmony, yellow aids positivity, whilst violet can enhance inspiration.
We all react very differently when it comes to how we process our auditory environment. Some need absolute silence whilst others find it uncomfortable –therefore the pod has headphones with a choice of calming music or sounds which include nature sounds and sounds of a certain frequency aimed at calming the user.
air conditioning or airflow is essential for the welfare and comfort of those inside the Pod
A semi-reclined padded seat .
For use in Public and private spaces, including airports, train stations, festivals schools, offices, business conferences and exhibitions and shopping centres
The initial concept arose from my experiences of attending conferences and exhibitions to deliver talks. A memorable example was The Autism Show at Excel London where I was giving a talk. It was a bright, open-plan, noisy, crowded, busy venue. I asked where the quiet room was located and was told to find the floor manager who would then give me a key. I could then try to locate the “quiet room” which was, in fact, just an empty room. Considering this is marketed as the national event for autism,I was flabbergasted!
When having a sensory meltdown it is impossible to process anything.
It is impossible to find someone, particularly a stranger, in order to obtain a key. It is impossible to find a specific room in an open space. You are not aware of where you are. People are jostling, poking, shouting. The lights start flickering. The noise is overwhelming. Waves of sensory chaos crush you. Your fight/flight response go into overdrive. You are no longer in control of your own place within that environment.
I experienced something similar at an outside charity music festival; there was simply nowhere close by to get some quiet time and to escape the over stimulating environment.
At the festival, it became obvious that this problem does not just affect autistics but many others. For example, those with anxiety or other mental health conditions and sensory difficulties, or for those who simply need a de-stressor from the high-tempo experience.
You need to remove yourself from the sensory overload. During a meltdown, your overwhelming need is to escape, whatever the cost.
But - by the time you have reached this point, it is pretty much ‘game over’ - the result for many would be a total shutdown; the fuse has tripped and you become , disorientated stressed and switched off.
The pod creates a vessel or space to reset or reboot. It will provide a safe environment to collect ones’ thoughts or simply to stop altogether to calm down and relax.
The idea was simple - if a venue has no such space why not create a portable space, one which can be incorporated anywhere.