The Calmingstone is a project by Ramon Telfer, that was inspired from personal experience with panic attacks and anxiety. After years of testing different coping strategies, an idea was born to create a multi-sensory experience that could help anyone in a stressful situation.
It was inspired by the idea of Japanese Zen stacking stones, which are traditionally used to reduce stress.The 'calming stone' has an organic design that fits into your palm. The form is relaxing, non-intrusive and ergonomically designed to naturally fit in the hand. Integrated into the design is a breathing cavity where cool air is released out onto your face for a cool, calming sensation and is to be inhaled by the user. Smell capsules, such as lavender, can be additionally inserted to accompany the sensation. An easy to use wireless earbud can be simply removed from the side of the calming stone as a discrete audio experience for the user. There are also a series of simple to use buttons that run down the side of the calming stone, which are designed align with the fingers to create an intuitive user experience. It was important to design a device that was uncomplicated to use for a person in a state of panic. Calmingstone is currently still in development and looking to launch by December 2017.