new ranges of self-care with the ‘vol.’ collar by maria rybina
Designed by Maria Rybina, ‘Vol.’ is a good high-neck collar that helps reinforce private area, encourage self-care, and maintain customers heat throughout chilly climate. The oddly intriguing piece of clothes appears to be like on the rising stress epidemic that plagues cities 12 months after 12 months at alarmingly excessive charges. It additionally responds to how Covid-19 has impacted the notion of a masks; protecting a part of the face has turn into the brand new regular. Rybina notes: ‘With the help of VOL we do not create a new routine, but we use an already formed habit.’
built-in tech that encourages privateness + tracks psychological well being
‘The partial facial closure provides the feeling of personal space in a public setting. Covering the mouth allows one to speak or make facial expressions freely without the fear of affecting those around. Personal space helps alleviate stress,’ continues the designer.
Made of high-quality materials, the collar creates a sound barrier absorbing many of the consumer’s voice. The built-in electronics make it straightforward to connect with your cellphone. Personal conversations can now be held comfortably in public areas with out worry of being heard. But the applying of ‘Vol.’ is far broader: the product can be utilized for personal conversations (with a therapist or in a coworking area) to keep away from disturbing close by individuals.
The collar consists of 4 elements: Microphone (to speak or report), Dynamics (to hear), V-Lap Fabric (a nonwoven cloth with vertically oriented polyester fibers to soak up speech), and Control Center (activates/off Bluetooth, connects to the cellphone, and adjusts the sound). Thanks to the insulating properties of its physique, ‘Vol.’ is able to decrease sound to 12 dB. As a outcome, individuals at a distance of three ft can not make out the consumer’s phrases. Nevertheless, their speech could possibly be transmitted to the opposite finish loud and clear due to the delicate inlaid microphone. The system may also mute speech for a extra ‘private’ expression of feelings, particularly out in public.
Once synchronized with a cellular app, the collar will start measuring customers’ day by day voice tones to trace their temper and psychological well being. ‘It does not have the image of a healing device and, as a result, helps to avoid any stigmatization,’ concludes Maria Rybina.
design: Maria Rybina
options: Microphone, Dynamics, V-Lap Fabric, Control Center
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