Lotus: Mediating Mindful Breathing

Sibela Chinareva, Jack Jones, Nuha Tumia, Dan Kumpik, Palvi Shah, Aluna Everitt

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We present Lotus; an actuated plant-like device designed to guide the user through breathing exercises. The development of Lotus explores whether IoT devices can aid in the practice of mindfulness and reducing stress. Lotus uses heart rate (HR) monitoring to detect high levels of stress and trigger the start of its guided exercises through the movement of its petals. An initial study proved that Lotus may help users to reduce their stress.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '20
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • breathing plant
  • stress production
  • wellbeing
  • mindfulness
  • breathing exercises
  • metal health
  • heart rate monitoring


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