Happy Tree

Po-Ying Chao, Anne Jansen, Floris van Marel, Lisa van Mastbergen, and Ties van Veelen
ITD project (Interactive Technology Design)
February 2011 - June 2011
Contact: Pieter Desmet and Aadjan van der Helm (Studiolab)

The focus of our project is on the 40% conscious behavior that affects happiness. We want to influence this behavior by creating awareness of the users’ mental state with a wake-up call any time during the day in order to get re-energized. As the mental state of people can suffer ups and downs during the day because of stressful situations, we want to provide a way to get re-energized. While being energetic the user is more likely to behave social and this creates a happier atmosphere.
The prototype consists of three elements: while pulling the handles apart, a movement is done that opens up the body. When doing this movement a bird is shot into the tree, which is than enhanced by bird sounds and an energizing light effect.