A smart yoga companion...

Over 20.4 million Americans practice yoga, and there are over 3 million injuries that occur from it each year. To fix this dilemma, people need to use a smart, data-driven app that teaches them the safe way to practice.

Clients:

Professor Miguel

 

Duration:

12 weeks

My Role:

Ideation, Info. Architecture, Wireframing, Visual Design, Animating, Presenting

My Role:

Ideation, Info. Architecture, Wireframing, Visual Design, Animating, Presenting

What's wrong with current yoga apps?

Most of them aren't beginner-friendly, and they focus on showing poses without the information beyond that. No history, statistics, recommendations...

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There's a lack of diversity and no advice on muscle strain, body size or data behind the workouts.

This is one of the few apps that have routines based on skill level, but the app doesn't help users make custom routines.

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The Challenges

How can we make yoga safer and smarter for diverse people?


Use illustrations that fit the user's body type, rather than photos of models. During workouts your camera displays you and the illustration is overlayed on you in real-time to correct any mistakes.

How can we go beyond poses and routines, and show the real benefits of yoga?


Use a dashboard to show how each pose affects you, and you can easily edit the routines to change the health benefits. After the routine, the app shows how the entire routine affected your health, such as your average heart rate decreasing which means your heart is getting stronger.

The Audience

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For research, I focused on two personas: the hardcore user and the lightweight user.

The lightweight user is a beginner and wants to explore the app a lot before beginning a routine. She's in her 50's and chooses to work-out in the comfort of her own home because of her chronic arthritis.

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The hardcore user, on the other hand, is a yoga veteran who wants to use the app to do routines quickly and get the health benefits behind each one.

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Hardcore Use Case

These personas helped guide the entire project and especially helped me in figuring out when to show data. There's so much data that I was eager to display as much as possible, but that isn't appropriate for users. The main goal for personas was to define the visual style and how the dashboard would work.

The Style

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The app is data-focused, but also humanistic and serene. Users prefer a minimalistic and clutter-free design so I combined that with a modern style and cool, calming colors. I chose this style because it has clear calls-to-action and it creates a smart and sophisticated environment, which supports the brand.

There aren't many existing apps like this but I found inspiration from various websites and a yoga clothing company called The Kozm.

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The Data

Through the quick Onboarding process, Hour Yoga collects enough data to understand you and create some good routines. Hour Yoga collects more data and gets smarter as you continue to use it.

I collected all of my data from scholarly articles and research studies. Although the physiological benefits of yoga is a rather new field, there was lots of research to support Hour Yoga.

Each yoga pose has different benefits -- for example, the Camel pose stretches the abdominals a lot, and that stretching helps your pancreas regenerate cells. This, in turn, supports insulin and fights negative effects of diabetes.

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Some Features

You can easily edit poses in your routine by dragging the ball around the pose, or you can tap on it and a pop-up will allow you to edit the time and intensity.

You can easily edit poses in your routine by dragging the ball around the pose, or you can tap on it and a pop-up will allow you to edit the time and intensity.

By tapping the + icon, you can start adding poses. They're organized along the bottom alphabetically so they're easy to find and not overwhelming.

When you're doing your routine Hour Yoga uses AR to suggest how to do the pose better.

When you're doing your routine Hour Yoga uses AR to suggest how to do the pose better.

My work, if developed, could affect millions of people around the world. With a clean, minimalist interface and simple interactions, it can be used on a variety of devices including tablets and smart TVs.

You can view the process deck here.

Thanks for viewing!

Chris Locke © 2018

Chris Locke © 2018

Chris Locke © 2018

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