Tomo - Mental illness bot

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Tomo - Mental illness bot

A gentle reminder for those who forget about the joys of life.

A gentle reminder for those who forget about the joys of life.

A gentle reminder for those who forget about the joys of life.

This project was done as an entry exam for Hyper Island. The task given was to identify a problem in my daily life and to create a digital solution for it, keeping in mind technological constraints and opportunities.

This project was done as an entry exam for Hyper Island. The task given was to identify a problem in my daily life and to create a digital solution for it, keeping in mind technological constraints and opportunities.

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01 - The process

In order to define an issue in my day-to-day routine, I started by mapping out my day: I took a bad day as an example, for more chances of finding a wide range of emotions and consequently a good place to start exploring. Some of the issues I found could have been solved by already existing solutions, or some were just not hindering enough for me to develop a concept around. The more I stared at the journey, the more I realised that the underlying issue that I couldnĀ“t grasp was an overarching one: the depression I had at the time.

Though with mild symptoms, the mental condition still touched everything I saw, felt and thought:  I mostly saw obstacles and every free moment I had, I filled it with negative thoughts. I asked myself "how can I break this negative vicious circle?".

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Thanks to research, I knew that subjects with light to mild depression can strive to help themselves by doing - among many things - the following: practicing self-care, connecting with people, and staying activeThis is easier said than done, since in the rush of life I forget about these small things I can do to improve the quality of my everyday.

But what if I don't have to consciously remind myself? Can someone, something remind me of the good things in life? 

Thanks to research, I knew that subjects with light to mild depression can strive to help themselves by doing - among many things - the following: practicing self-care, connecting with people, and staying activeThis is easier said than done, since in the rush of life I forget about these small things I can do to improve the quality of my everyday. But what if I don't have to consciously remind myself? Can someone, something remind me of the good things in life? 

 

Focusing on the parts of my day where the mind can be more receptive, I worked on breaking the negative thoughts and inspiring new, better ones. 

Thanks to research, I knew that subjects with light to mild depression can strive to help themselves by doing - among many things - the following: practicing self-care, connecting with people, and staying activeThis is easier said than done, since in the rush of life I forget about these small things I can do to improve the quality of my everyday. But what if I don't have to consciously remind myself? Can someone, something remind me of the good things in life?

Focusing on the parts of my day where
the mind can be more receptive, I worked on breaking the negative circle of thoughts in order to inspire new, better ones. 

Focusing on the parts of my day where the mind can be more receptive, I worked on breaking the negative circle of thoughts in order to inspire new, better ones. 

02 - The solution

I designed a chat bot concept called Tomo - short for the Japanese word for friend, tomodachi. The bot works by sending gentle reminders at strategically chosen times, by connecting with my location and by getting to know me and my habits.

RESULT
I designed a chat bot concept called Tomo.
The name is short for the Japanese word for friend, tomodachi. The bot works by sending gentle reminders at strategically chosen times, by connecting with my location and by getting to know me and my habits.

RESULT
I designed a chat bot concept called Tomo.
The name is short for the Japanese word for friend, tomodachi. The bot works by sending gentle reminders at strategically chosen times, by connecting with my location and by getting to know me and my habits.

02 - The solution

I designed a chat bot concept called Tomo - short for the Japanese word for friend, tomodachi. The bot works by sending gentle reminders at strategically chosen times, by connecting with my location and by getting to know me and my habits.

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03 - How does it work?

By integrating with other apps such as Life Cycle (activity tracker) or Soon (a digital bucket list), Tomo can know what events are happening in town, or what restaurants to suggest me. As for the backstage, I envisioned therapists and copywriters behind the app at first, teaching an AI how to talk to people with depression.


In a world full of stimuli, I sometimes forget about the important things that make me happy, when I most need it. This simple device could really help me to slow down and focus - all I need is to listen to that reminder.

03 - How does it work?

By integrating with other apps such as Life Cycle (activity tracker) or Soon (a digital bucket list), Tomo can know what events are happening in town, or what restaurants to suggest me.

As for the backstage, I envisioned therapists and copywriters behind the app at first, teaching an AI how to talk to people with depression.

In a world full of stimuli, I sometimes forget about the important things that make me happy, when I most need it. This simple device could really help me to slow down and focus. 
All I need is to listen to that reminder. 

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