2017 - present
Product design prototype
Reducing stress for patients and caregivers
The Healing Pod aims to give patients and caretakers with little access to the outside world a connection to nature.
Being a patient in a hospital can be a stressful experience. Even visiting the hospital can be a sensory overload and even cause anxiety. Caregivers, too, are often under a lot of pressure and have little time for rest.
The Healing Pod is a product designed to reduce stress using natural elements and sensory interactions inspired by nature. With research proving the benefits of being surrounded by nature, the Healing Pod inspires a time of reflection, calm, and mindfulness. With its attractive design, the Healing Pod is also a valuable asset to a hospital interior.
The Healing Pod works with the following elements:
Providing greenery stimulates a feeling of connection to living things. The various textures can also be engaging.
In the Healing Pod, you can smell the scent of pine trees or lavender to help with stress reduction.
While you sit under the therapy light, your pupils dilate to a simulate daylight. This can be especially useful during winter times.
The sounds of a forest take you deeper into the whole sensory experience. This allows you to go even further into relaxation.
Studies have shown that wood where the grain is visible relaxes the autonomic nervous system, resulting in lowered stress responses.
Board of Advisors
The board of advisors for Prototype 1.0:
TITUS VAN DER SPEK | Social entrepreneurship
SEBASTIAAN DE KROON | Tergooi Ziekenhuis
GITTA PARDOEL | Architect
DAVE WILLE | Coordinator at KABK
Prototype 1.0 has participated in:
OPEN DAY 2018 | The Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague
BIG IMPROVEMENT DAY 2018 | Circus Theater Scheveningen
VENTURE ACADEMY FINAL 2018 | Leiden University
Prototype 2.0 has participated in:
INNOVATION FOR HEALTH 2019 | World Trade Center Rotterdam