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Product Features

The solution developed consists of:
A personal house - this house is larger than the others and works as an activation key (turning the base on and off). It can be used as an on the go anxiety device.
4 friend houses - these houses contain radio frequency identification (RFID) tags that when placed on the user's base, glow different colours depending on what emotion tree the user's friend have placed in their recesses.
11 emotion trees - Each tree is a different shape, height and colour to represent a different emotion. They all have a different symbol on the bottom to allow for easy identification via the use of the key located in the base. RFID tags and readers are used to identify each element and make the required visual feedback.
A base - The base contains two recesses (which represent available to interaction and unavailable to interaction) on either side of a path, that when an emotion tree is placed in will change the colour of the path.

Personal House

The user's personal house once removed from the base can be used on the go. It uses vibrations that mimic a heartbeat as this has been shown to help reduce anxiety. The personal house is charged on the base via wireless charging and acts as an activation key allowing for privacy and security of the device.

Friend Houses

Friend houses contain passive RFID tags that when placed on the base allow the device to link to that friend's device and glow the correct colour that matches their chosen emotion tree.

User Interface (UI) and Augmented Reality (AR)

User feedback interviews were conducted online due to COVID-19. UI screens and AR models were created to help users gain an understanding of scale, size, shape and experience which allowed for more informed feedback to be given.

Electronics and Prototyping

Through prototyping, the design was tested and developed to address problem areas brought up during user interviews. Prototyping undertaken involved card modelling and 3D printing houses and trees in different sizes to improve scale and form. Electronic circuits were tested to allow for a better understanding of the system required for the product to function.

Ruth Butler

I am an adaptable designer who enjoys learning new skills and using them to create innovative designs.

As a designer, I strive to make designs that are both practical and bring enjoyment to user's everyday lives.

I enjoy the user experience (UX) side of design and I'm interested in exploring the packaging and advertisement of products. My ideal next step would allow me to develop skills and gain experience in the commercial aspects of the design process.

Final year project

Anxiety and Communication Product


Diploma in Professional studies - Achieved 2021

Work Experience

Digital Designer - Leicestershire Police, August 2019 - September 2020
During my placement year, I was a digital designer for Leicestershire Police working across four forces (Nottingham, Northampton, Leicester, Derby). I helped to create eLearning packages for training through a variety of mixed media (videos, AR, PowerPoint). During the latter half of the year due to COVID-19, I was assigned additional work on projects with quick turnarounds and as a result of positive feedback had my contract extended.