Apollo /  Student Project /  2014

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Design Brief

Long distant relationship needs a better communication to keep their relationship going. With the integration of the technology, our goal was to come up with an exciting solution for long distant relationship couples to lighten up their romance even when they are not physically together. 

Design Approach

What if your emotions and feelings can be translated through a sound?

And what if the world is your instruments created by your brainwaves? 

Apollo is a headset that translates tactile senses from one's body into sounds that are unique to the individuals. It introduces a new way to discover and interact with one another through creating music together by touch of the surroundings, no matter how far they are at.






Interface Design 


Jeff Higashi

Brian Boyl


Tetsugaku Sasahara

Jeansoo Hyun

Manato Ushiyama

Dailyn Kim


September 2014

- December 2014

Primary Research

Excitement and adventure is an essential part of a successful relationship. Many couples believe that their romance was still alive when they were exploring something together.

Jessica P.

"I think trying new things is an outcome that already comes from the act of being intimate with someone, and is should be natural for couples to do." 

Devin P.

"Having exciting moments and doing exciting things in a relationship definitely keeps the spark going. It keeps things fun and exciting. There’s an emotional bond that happens when you go through that kind of a thing."

Abe C.

"It’s really interesting how brainwaves work. I’ve heard that people who are really close to each other on an emotional level tend to have synchronized brainwaves."

Stephen F.

"Doing things together is inherent in a relationship. Although different activities have different effects, just spending time together by doing something will create a bond. Doing something new and exciting definitely forms tighter bonds."

Millennials and music are strongly tightened together. Music defines generations, cultures, and tastes of the individuals that it has powerful effects to human emotion and brain. There are so much more to discover in music.

Secondary Research
Research Highlights on Millennials Music Culture and Trends
Music Defines

Whether gathered around old radio of the past or tuning in to our latest versions of the ipod, music has provided identity to individuals and generations

Music as Transcendental

You know what music is? It’s God’s reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living things, everywhere, even the stars.

Trend: Co-creation

Fans are starting to have an input on the creation of music, via social media. Fans are making cover videos and parodies of songs and artists reply with positivity.

Music Syncs
Music as Memory

“Remember the first song we danced to?” used to be the most overrated quotes, for a good reason. music is a common mnemonic device. It evokes memories.

Life Music Branding

Attending a live branded music experience drives 65% of people to recommend the brand and 59% to buy it at retail afterwards.

Millennials and Music

Music is used in marketing and advertisement to help ensure connections. You’re seeing it today from many brands, take for instance Jay-Z with Samsung last June.

Musicians who perform with another show an interesting pattern in the brainwaves with each other. Their brains start to syncronize.

Technology Research

Brain controlled devices like Neurosky headset, EPOC Emotiv, brain controlled quadcopters, and Neurofocus are already introduced. This technology of EGG Biosensor detects concentration, working memory, focus and relaxation through brainwaves, then translates it into an action. 


Taking this technology to another level, we dived deeper into human emotions and moods that affects differently to our brainwaves.


In the center of the head where a headphone is usually put, there is a section of a brain that is called Somato Sensory Cortex. This part of the brain activates when it dictates a person’s sense of touch. When the skin comes into contact with another object, this part of the brain activates and when the brainwave is activated, the blood flows along the surface of the specified area, which could be captured by a sensor.



The somatic senses can be broken down into four different interactions by registering touch and perception. They register through pressure in the skin, vibration along skin, temperature change on skin, and the stretching of the skin. Four of these different actions cause different brainwave actions along the somato-sensory cortex. Because everyone has gone through different experiences in life, brainwaves tend to act differently along how the touch senses are registered.

Idea Sketch
Product Features
Triple Injected Superb Protection
Pop Case 2 is made of 3 materials: PC, TPU, and TPE followed by air pockets along the inner frame
to achieve maximum protection from impacts.
Exceptionally Protective Without
Adding Unnecessary Bulk 
Pop Case 2 could retain its minimal thickness and weight by using Tensaerlite that resulted in 16% reduction in G-force compared to the commonly used TPU.
Two Contrasting Colors Interlocking 
Two layers of protective materials along the frame are visualized through two contrasting colors interlocking with one another. The inner layer of the frame that is made of a shock absorbing softer density TPE is punctured through the button area revealing its color from the outside, highlighting the buttons.
Safeguards All Vulnerable Spots
Designed with consideration from drops, falls, and jolts by raising bezel around the screen and the camera lens from direct contact to any surface.

Incase 2018 iPhone case collection. Pop Case 2, Lift Case, Protective Clear Cover, and Textured Snap (left to right).

User Interface
UX Wireframes
Interaction Methods


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