Forest Bathing In Your Living Room
MFA Products of Design, School of Visual Arts
Concept, Electronics, Design, 3D Prototyping, Photography, Video
Xylophorest is a touch-activated "xylophone" that plays different nature noises ranging from a light rainstorm to crashing ocean waves. It draws inspiration from the Japanese practice of forest bathing and sound therapy.
This product combines the interactive experience of playing an instrument with the therapeutic, soothing sounds of nature. It can be used at home when you need a meditative break or for other therapeutic reasons.
Xylophorest was created using a Bare Conductive touchboard and electric paint. Get a behind the scenes look on Instructables, and if you're inspired, you can make your own.
A Touch-Activated "Xylophone" that Plays Nature Noises
Today, more than half of the world’s population resides in cities. As the trend of urbanization continues, the population density of these centers will skyrocket. This means living in smaller spaces and decreased access to nature, leading to detrimental impacts on an individual’s quality of life and health. But here’s some good news: there are opportunities to integrate nature into everyday urban life. That’s where Xylophorest comes in.
Xylophorest is a touch-activated "xylophone" that plays different nature noises ranging from a light rainstorm to crashing ocean waves. It draws inspiration the Japanese practice of forest bathing and also from sound and music therapy. When an individual listens to music, different parts of the brain are activated. However, when an individual plays a musical instrument, the result a “full-body brain workout,” which has long-term beneficial effects.