The product, entitled Komorebi, has been invented by Product Design student Amber Frisby and is currently in the prototype phase.
Komorebi has a “mother-like personality” and aims to reduce loneliness and anxiety in people living alone. Once the user places his or her hands on the device, it can measure heart rate readings to gain an indication of the user’s stress levels. It can then suggest individualised methods of relaxing to suit each person. These include breathing and meditation techniques and nature sounds.
The term Komorebi has two translations in Japanese: “the interplay between light and leaves when sunlight shines through threes” and “melancholic longing or nostalgia for a person or place.”
Amber said her initial inspiration stemmed from wondering why some people choose to have their television sets playing in the background of their homes.