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SANCTUM HEADPHONES

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ・ ERGONOMICS ・ AUTISM AID

March 2011
Professors: Percy Hooper, Bong-Il Jin

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In the autism community, there are as many different daily struggles are there individuals. However, there are common trends that could be addressed, one of which is overstimulation. Flickering lights, crowds, these and more can set off a panic state in an autistic individual, limiting their ability to work in social situations and maintain focus on activities. However, there is a possible aid for dampening the source of overstimulation in TMS: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Already a treatment for overstimulation in those on the autism spectrum, the therapy uses magnetic fields generated by a small electric current to dampen the ability of specific neurons to activate to outside stimuli, preventing overstimulation and heightening focus.

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The problem with TMS in its current state is that as a therapy it is located in offices, housed in giant medical buildings and used for a big shot that triggers neurons for a prolonged period. After it wears off, patients have to return- an inconvenience, to say the least, with diminishing returns. But what if the machine was smaller, and constant? Why not make it wearable, so a user can be free of overstimulation whenever they need it? Why not disguise it? Why not make it a slick pair of headphones?

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With a form factor harkening to Beats by Dre while maintaining the key "figure 8" form of the TMS machine, Sanctum was designed to be a strong, but comfortable device that would both look fashionable and make the wearer feel proud, rather than conscious.

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Adjustable, powered by a battery through a cord that looks like any headphone cord, and hidden in plain sight, the Sanctum is a design solution to a medical problem, and one that I'm incredibly proud of.

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