Achilles Design wins design award for handheld breathing exercise tool

14/04/2021

Moonbird, a physical tool that guides your breathing, won the IF Design Award 2021. In close co-operation with them, Leuven MindGate member Achilles took care of the complete product design process.


Research has proven that personalised breathing exercises can improve the wellbeing of people with stress, anxiety, panic attacks or sleeping problems. Moonbird and Achilles developed a handheld device that will guide the user through their breathing exercises by providing tactile feedback. In close co-operation with moonbird, Achilles took care of the complete product design process. From product ideation, styling, mechanical design, prototyping and engineering to industrialisation and sourcing of the first batch of products. Achilles also helped to create the moonbird brand and its visual identity.

Moonbird is the first handheld tool for personalised breathing exercises. A single exercise with moonbird causes immediate relief for those prone to stress, but a consistent daily approach renders longlasting effects.

The IF Design Award identifies outstanding design, its relevance for business and everyday life and awards one of the most important seals of quality in the world. Awarded in Germany since 1953, the iF label is a reliable sign of good design for consumers as well as the design community.

A device that breathes

When you hold your moonbird in your hand and place your thumb on the PPG, it will detect your heart rate. Moonbird's algorithm is able to analyse your breathing rhythm from this data. The device will then first simulate your breathing rhythm by contracting and expanding, making it easy to adjust your own breathing to the recommended pace and then gradually slow down. This way, it will guide you through the selected breathing exercise even with your eyes closed and in complete silence.

Ingenious mechanics in a soft shell

Although moonbird is al about user experience, it contains an ingenious mechanism, which transfers a rotational movement of the motor into the expansion and contraction of the outer surface. The internal mechanism was specifically designed to make moonbird a very reliable and durable device.

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