A Close to Home Take on the Heart-Rate and Breathe Apps

InVision prototype: Mom O’Clock App

As a proud owner of my Apple Watch, I have always enjoyed getting sporadic notifications regarding my walking or standing goals. When I first got the watch, I also thought the heart rate functionality was ingenious. Having the watch hugging your wrist means that you can check your heart rate at any point. And with the new update for the watch, there is a new Breathe app that will vibrate your wrist when it is time to take a deep breath sometime during the day. For some of you who aren’t familiar with these two apps, here is a little glimpse:

  1. Heart Rate App

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2. Breathe App

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Observations:

  1. As long as a user is wearing the watch, the heart rate app will check and record your heart rate every ten minutes.
  2. All the data that the watch collects from you is then sent automatically to the Health app.
  3. You do not receive notifications from the Heart rate app telling you what your heart rate is depending on the time of day. When your heart rate goes up, you do not receive a notification.
  4. The breathe app is not triggered by an increase in the user’s heart rate. However, the app does show the user’s heart rate when you click on the app icon. The user can change the default setting to breathe every five, six, or however many hours instead of every four hours as the default.
  5. In order for the user to log his/her breathing, he/she has to visit the Breathe app manually.

As I use these two apps more and more, I recently came up with an idea to blend the two functionalities together to make them more personal to the user. Regarding the breathe app, the default setting is to have the user breathe every four hours when wearing the watch. For the heart rate app, the user has to take the initiative to visit the app to see his/her heart rate. To blend the two together, I have created Mom O’Clock.

Background:

I thought that the two apps could work together in a way where the heart rate app could measure a user’s heart rate and and then send the data to another app that is not the Health app. This way, users can immediately see their heart rate without having to manually check it in the Heart Rate app or the Health app on their Iphone.

My mom has a tendency to always send me words of endearment and encouragement over text. Although they can be sometimes annoying, most of her texts always come at a time when I really appreciate the advice. Now, this is not always the case. Sometimes I am perfectly relaxed and the texts are somewhat excessive (kidding, love you Mom).

Usually when people are stressed, their heart rate goes up and their blood pressure starts to rise. People love to hear words of encouragement when they’re stressed or frustrated. Mom O’Clock is the product of this. Instead of having your actual mom send you texts of encouragement at random, the app will activate (much like the Breathe app) when your heart rate goes up (based on the measurements from the Heart Rate app).

General Idea:

Instead of having your heart rate get sent to the Health app, it will be sent to the Apple Watch app Mom O’Clock. It will do this in order for the Mom O’Clock app to trigger a notification based on two criteria:

  1. The normal/ideal heart rate is usually around 50–70 BPM. If your heart rate is over 75 BPM, this will trigger the Mom O’Clock app.

2. If your heart rate is normal and you recently had a spike, the app will send you praise for relaxing and keeping your heart rate down.

Design:

  1. Mom O’Clock: The Homepage of the Apple Watch app and the icon.

Mock-up of Mom O’Clock Apple Watch app.

2. At 97 BPM, the Heart Rate App will send the data to the Mom O’Clock app and a notification will pop up on the user’s screen.

Notification when heart rate goes up to 97 BPM.

3. When the notification pops up, the user is presented with two options: to breathe or to check their heart rate. When the user clicks breathe, he/she will be redirected to the default Apple Watch Breathe App:

Default homepage for Apple Watch Breathe App.

4. When the user clicks “Check Heart Rate,” he/she will be redirected to the default Heart Rate App as seen in step #2 in the left image.

5. For the second scenario, when your heart rate is ideal/normal at let’s say 70 BPM, the functionality will be as follows:

Functionality for 70 BPM.

Ending comments:

This is a half-baked idea — something that I think would be a more endearing way for users to have a personalized way of seeing how their heart rate changes as they become stressed and have a notification of reassurance when it spikes. Because the apple watch does not notify users when their heart rate goes up, I think this collaboration between the three apps would encourage users to not only check their heart rate when they receive the notification of reassurance, but also press the button to breathe.

The Mom O’Clock app works to allow users to receive a moment of reassurance and have the options to choose whether to check their heart rate, breathe for a moment, or cancel the notification. Either way, users will still have a moment of reassurance. 🙂

Author: Maya Frai

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