A social networking system based on sharing visualized breath

This project’s name was derived from the fact that there is a direct relationship between a turtle’s long life span and its naturally slow breathing patterns. Thus, Turtle Breathing was an exercise in developing a social networking system beyond images, messaging, and text. Instead, its users connect through physicality and a vital human activity: breathing.

The system allows one’s breathing to be wirelessly translated into an expanding and contracting ring on a mobile phone screen. Sensor data is sent via bluetooth to a Mobile Processing (Java) application running on a mobile phone. A server application enables this information to be shared with another partner so the two users may simultaneously see their breathing as different colored rings.

Created in collaboration with Marios Diamantis