Designing doppel’s intuitive interactions

From the very start of our design journey we wanted to create a truly empathic product. Screens and buttons are so prevalent in many of our lives but there’s a growing need to switch off.

Designing doppel was a complex challenge because we wanted to design a piece of technology that didn’t feel like technology.

Studying people’s behaviour guided us when designing doppel’s natural interactions. When people are stressed or nervous they often rub their cuticles or stroke the ridge of their nails. When feeling tired, a squeeze or a sharp tap can help you feel more alert. We took these everyday actions and used them to influence the design.

The final design

Turn on/off: Cover the motor for five seconds

Switch to your low rhythm: Stroke back and forth over the ridge three times

Switch to your high rhythm: Double tap over the motor

Adjust the intensity of the rhythm: Sweep once around the rim and then continue to adjust, clockwise increases the intensity, anti-clockwise decreases the intensity

Check the battery: Swipe across doppel three times and then count the buzzes, 5 buzzes means full battery, 4 buzzes means 80% battery and so on

Senses not sensors

Our brains haven’t evolved to process data, our brains have evolved to process experiences. 

Empathic wearable technology enhances our experience by interacting with our emotions, needs and relations with others. Emotions have their roots in our bodies, and so it is natural for empathic technology to be wearable because it needs to actively affect our bodies.

With doppel, you don’t need to see a graph for it to work. You don’t need to download your data for it to change your day.

Of course a monitoring band can be useful for certain things - athletes value fitness data and patients may want to share certain medical data with their doctor. But for most of us our true goals, to live healthier, be happier with our families, to feel less stressed after work, do not fit in graphs.