The inspiration for Navillera came from a lot of personal experience with stress and mental health. As we brainstormed ideas we all talked about the stresses we faced as students and how sometimes it felt that there was no place that made us feel truly calm. In the Arduino workshop we found working with colors really fun and our stress seemed to diminish a little. Then we thought about the psychological effects of colors on the brain and how much of an impact they can have on mood and thus well-being. So we decided to use colors and their relation with human psychology to create an app that shows color patterns that will have a positive effect on a person's mood.
The idea is that the user will be able to open the app, select a mood they are feeling, and the lights will reflect or soothe the user’s mood.
Based on psychological research, an interior space can have a great impact on a student's mood and motivation. There have been many studies showing that warm colors are stimulating and cool colors can be calming. This is based on the amount of visual effort the brain has to go through to process these colors. Longer wavelengths, such as red, require the brain to process much more. Green has a wavelength that is easiest for the brain to process and therefore, tends to have calming effects. Using this knowledge, we have empathized with the student population and by utilizing aesthetics, we can further reach out with empathy. This prototype has the potential to have a wide range of accessibility due to cheap and easy to produce hardware.
For example: The user is feeling stressed , they can select the “I am stressed” option on the app. The lights will turn to a color that has been researched, such as green, that has proven to be calm and stress soothing.