Project brief.

SCAD Startup is a yearly event hosted by the UX club in which students compete in teams in a week long design competition. Students are challenged to come up with a product or service concept based on a theme, 2018's theme being life and work balance, and are given a toolkit of product design and service design resources to utilize. My partner and I decided to tackle sleep and waking up, and my role in this project consisted of developing the interface of the app, wireframes, the 3D model of the blanket, and user research.

Initial research.

We interviewed a group of people aged between 18-24 about what they found challenging in balancing work and life. We collected the data and organized it into different categories. We found out that the most common work life balance obstacle is sleep.

After gaining informal insight from our peers, we conducted a short survey to gain quantitative information about people’s sleep habits and challenges.

Our conclusion.

Most subjects lack a balance between work and life. The root of the problem is in their poor sleep and their struggle to wake up in the mornings.


Balancing both work and life can be challenging for anyone with a busy schedule; busy users often find it hard to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, making it especially challenging to wake up in the mornings.

What's on the market?

Our user persona.


An electric blanket that helps the user wake up by slowly warming them up minutes before their alarm goes off. The heat produced by the product induces the body to go into the light sleep phase, making it easier for the user to wake up relaxed and ready to take on the day.

What is Helios?

Helios is an electric blanket that helps the user wake up in the morning by gradually warming up in conjunction with ones sleep cycle and chosen wake up time through the partnering app.

The user simply inputs the time the alarm goes off, the time it takes the blanket to heat up, and the temperature of the blanket. The blanket is designed to be wireless and chargeable, having a maximum amount of 60 minutes of heating time to avoid overheating and accidents.


Helios tracks your 20-30 min wake up data in addition to your complete sleep cycle data. Users are able to adjust the temperature of their blanket and "heat up time" to their liking in conjunction with the alarm clock functionality. Simply press "start sleep" and Helios will do the work for you! Happy sleeping.


The blanket is wireless and uses bluetooth to connect to the Helios app. The button also acts as a LED light to alert users when the Bluetooth is activated. When the blanket heats up, it turns orange.

How the app and blanket work together.

Our business model canvas.