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Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City
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Project Canari: Measuring and Coping with Stress in the City

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A proposal and rough prototype for Project Canari, a means of measuring and coping with stress in modern urban settings through interconnected empathy. This was a team project for Design Planning and …

A proposal and rough prototype for Project Canari, a means of measuring and coping with stress in modern urban settings through interconnected empathy. This was a team project for Design Planning and 192021.org at the IIT Institute of Design.

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  • 1. stress city in the Joe Gray, Qijing Huang, Dania Peterson, Nikki Pfarr, Peter Zapf | Design Planning | Fall 2008
  • 2. Megacities = MegasYsteMs Urban growth creates megacities with massive problems…huge opportunities. By 2007 3.3 billion people—more than half of the world’s population—will be living in cities. The total may even reach 60% by 2030. Such rapidly increasing urbanization, particularly in developing countries, creates many opportunities and challenges for individuals, businesses, and governments. The largest of these urban centers are called Megacities. According to planetearth®, Earth Sciences for Society, Megacities are more than just large cities. Their scale creates new dynamics, new complexity, and a new simultaneity of events and processes. Comprised of a multitude of interconnected systems, Megacities also host intense and complex interactions between different demographic, social, political, economic, biological and ecological processes. 1
  • 3. Megacities = Megastress stress in megacities is difficult to define and measure. Yet, it puts us all at risk. Eons of evolution have given us a robust set of biological systems allowing humans to adapt to environmental stresses environmental Demands better than any other species on Earth. Yet prior generations (stressors or life events) could never have imagined today's rate of change and the increasing complexity of the world in which we now live. appraisal of Demands and Stress occurs when environmental demands tax or exceed adaptive capacities the adaptive capacity of a system, resulting in physical, psychological, and biological changes that may place persons at risk or negatively influence quality of life. The megacities are Percieved stress Benign appraisal full of stimuli that may induce stress, including: transportation systems, ambient noise, super-saturated messaging channels, Negative emotional responses high population density. Though stress is considered a contributing factor in roughly Physiological or Behavioral responses 50% of deaths, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, it is difficult to define, elusive to measure, and ultimately complicated to visualize. Mental and emotional stress increase increased risk of increased risk of as cities grow, modernize, and become more populous, yet we Physical Disease Psychiatric Disease have no wide-scale systemic understanding of stress factors on the individual and society. Source: Strategies for Measuring Stress in Studies of Psychiatric and Physical Disorders by Cohen, Kessler, and Gordon. 3
  • 4. DeFiNiNg PrOBLeM We can’t fix what we can’t see. Visualizing stress is the first step in finding a solution to this urban crisis. A person under stress displays few overt cues of their condition. Perhaps their hand is clutching and rubbing the back of their neck. Maybe their brow is furrowed and filled 86% a few beads of perspiration. Is their heart racing? Given the subtleness of these indicators (and our best efforts to appear 45% in control), even the most self-aware and empathic of us 78% will have difficulty in detecting whether someone, ourselves included, is feeling stressed. And because we can’t fix what we don’t understand, it is vital that stress be visualized in a simple, easy-to- comprehend manner. Such a display would provide an increased awareness of our own stress, enabling us to better understand, manage, and prevent it. 5
  • 5. OUr cONcePt canari is stress visualized. We propose that a means of measuring and visualizing stress through space and over time will assist individuals, social groups, and the public and private sectors with better understanding and ameliorating stress in the urban setting. Our concept collects bio-feedback data in conjunction with GPS coordinates, then aggregates and visualizes this data, providing context, stress status, and potential empathetic responses for the individual user on a one-to-one, one-to- some, and one-to-many basis. 7
  • 6. ONe tO ONe improved consumer experience data free gen erat ion rega agg nd acti a , ana tion ation v lysis a ffilia te fe es canari: a tool for individuals serv n& ice iptio su bscr With Canari, measuring stress is as simple as carrying on Canari Control Panel a conversation. As a freeware application for GPS-enabled smartphones, Canari collects and analyzes data on the user's voice patterns (e.g. amplitude, frequency, and cadence) along Stressed with concurrent ambient noise to produce a visualization of stress level relative to personalized preset norms. Using GPS, stress levels are correlated with location and movement. g 125 in subscription & consulting fees im n zo 60 pr Canari users thus benefit from a real-time, location-based ov al 100.2 and real-time mapping ci ed aggregation, analysis er representation of their stress level, allowing them to better ur m ba m understand, manage, and prevent their symptoms accordingly. co n liv ed in In addition, users can allow their personal network of family, ov g pr friends, and health care providers to access their stress data. im Canari users thus benefit from unprecedented interconnected empathy and stress care. Canari Canari users can access and track their personal stress data online. Adapted from b2b. 9
  • 7. ONe tO sOMe improved customer experience data free gen erat ion rega agg nd acti a , ana tion ation v lysis a ffilia te fe es canari: a tool for businesses serv n& ice iptio su bscr The Canari platform is a robust analytic tool and communication channel for stress-related products and services. Stress data from Canari end-users is masked for anonymity and aggregated in a centralized database. Through g in subscription & consulting fees im subscription-based services including real-time stress n zo pr ov al visualization dashboards, business clients can better tailor and real-time mapping ci ed aggregation, analysis er ur product and service offerings to end-user scenarios. m ba m co n liv For example, a spa franchise could subscribe to the database ed in ov g as a means of pinpointing high-stress urban locations pr im where people are most likely to purchase their services. A pharmaceutical company could use the database to determine where to test-market and promote stress-relieving drugs. Further, businesses could benefit from pushing communications to end-users tailored to their stress level and location. Businesses can send promotions to Canari users’ smartphones. 11
  • 8. ONe tO MaNY improved consumer experience data free gen erat ion rega agg nd acti a , ana tion ation v lysis a ffilia te fe es canari: a tool for government and city Planners serv n& ice iptio su bscr Visualizing real-time stress data will revolutionize the way cities are planned, serviced, and governed. By correlating g in subscription & consulting fees im real-time encrypted and anonymous end-user stress data n zo pr ov al with situational data, city governments can better understand and real-time mapping ci ed aggregation, analysis er ur the relationships between urban infrastructure and the m ba m co n human condition. liv ed in ov g Traffic conditions, health data, geodemographics, and crime pr im data can be overlaid with real-time stress visualization to better manage city planning, social services, and public health and safety in accordance with the stress of a given population. The Canari platform offers an array of data synthesis and visualization services that makes real-time stress monitoring and management possible. Stress maps visually depict locations of peak stress within a megacity. Source: Christian Nold, Biomapping.net 13
  • 9. HOW aND WHY canari rollout Phase I Phase Ii Phase III Key functions Individual stress Network with friends, family, Affiliation with and features monitoring and awareness doctors , stress experts empathy providers Track voice stress, ambient Introduce additional noise, and GPS via cell phones sensors and technologies Users do self-directed search for Users pull stress relief Push customized stress relief stress relief suggestions suggestions from provided set suggestions to users Develop data aggregation Provide aggregated and analysis tools data to third parties Key brand and marketing Introduce Canari brand via Co-branded sensors and icon system, website technologies Co-branded services Word-of-mouth campaign to generate buzz PR campaign emphasizing medical benefits Advertising campaigns How canari will take flight. Sales Service available to Additional features available to individuals as freeware individuals via subscription Selling aggregated data to third parties Rollout of the Canari platform will occur over three phases. Once a sufficient cross-section of consumers have adopted Connecting empathy providers Four streams of development are key to the successful launch Canari, businesses and government entities will benefit from with targeted individuals of the concept and its managed growth. We imagine avid a representative visualization of population stress. user of smartphones to be early adopters of Canari because What makes Canaris remarkable is its ability to make Account executives for they are more likely to be: working more; earning more; tangible an internalized feeling. According to leading experts Talent Deal makers public and private sectors consuming more, especially information/news likely to like the Mayo Clinic, not a day in your life goes by without increase overall stress levels; sharing the applications they encountering a situation or event that may trigger stress. And Programmers, Data Data aggregators, “discover.” Such potential Canari users are also more likely to that’s OK. Some acute stress spurs action or provides thrills visualizers, Designers Data analysts be aware of the need to ameliorate stress, but lack the means that make aspects of life exhilarating. However, stress that to do so effectively. becomes chronic is a problem that needs to addressed. By Canari, and its platform of interconnected empathy, allows identifying and understanding the sources of stress, people Lawyers Stress experts people to make a simple, but often difficult, request - “Help me.” learn to better manage it. 15
  • 10. cHaLLeNges getting people to take it easy won’t be all that easy. According to the September 2008 issue of Scientific American, public sharing of private lives has led to a rethinking of our current conceptions of privacy. Yet even with growing numbers of people Twittering life’s minutia, we recognize users’ heightened sensitivity when their health is involved. Fortunately, people are gaining effective tools to control what personal information they want to give out and to whom. Canari will employ concepts such as anonymous authorization and degrees of disclosure to ensure as much privacy as possible. We will explore the safeguards HIPAA and other privacy regulations can provide. Ultimately, in order to remove perceived barriers and enable rapid and robust adoption, Canari must be both trusted and valued by its users. Given that, we must remain vigilant against intrusions and unauthorized access to any personal information, ranging from rogue individuals and the the misuse by governing bodies. 17
  • 11. FUtUre eXteNsiONs 88% every system has a stress threshold beyond which it fails. such systems to mobilize others and engage local, state, Just as every species is comprised of systems, the world national, and international governments. is also a collection of systems: environmental, energy, In the grandest sense, interconnected empathy of all systems, transportation, financial, sanitation, etc. Most, if not all, are as conceptualized and visualized by Canari, could help interconnected and co-dependent in some way. We imagine humanity, and the world in which we live, reach systemic the concept central to Canari—stress visualization—could harmony. A state where complexity is not maddening; it is be expanded to help visualize the stress of any system. invigorating. A place where we do not cope, but we all live well. Failure of such mega-systems is not an option, if we want life to continue and improve. For instance, air and water quality could be monitored, and the presence of harmful contaminants could be displayed. Making this information public, easily accessible, and personally relevant, could enable individuals and groups dedicated to improving 64% (i.e., reducing the contributing factors that create stress) 19

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