After my fantastic visit to Boston I have been able to flesh out the brief for the redesign of the EEG Mirror for Judson and his team. I have more of details of the ‘hard’ functional aspects to design for, but I also need to keep considering the ‘soft’ experience of the user. I am designing a product for use in a clinical space, to be used by an individual with the help of a doctor, whilst the experience will, of course, be medical and scientific, we also want it to be healing and enjoyable.
As previously discussed I think that this is the perfect place for technology to usefully interact with Meditation, taking the ephemeral, personal sensation of Flow State and quantifying it for effective training, so I think it is appropriate (as well as a necessity from a practical stand point) to stay true to the ‘scientific’ nature of the experience of using the EEG Mirror. I want to blend and balance the two sides of the story here, on one hand the cutting edge technology, on the other the ancient heritage of meditation. My own experience of meditation started with my time living in Japan (see some photos below) and the clean aesthetic of Zen meditation lends itself well to the clinical space.
So when designing the Ceremony of the EEG Mirror I will be keeping in mind the material, visual, sensorial palate of Zen Meditation.