Designing Socially Acceptable Light Therapy Glasses for Self-managing Seasonal Affective Disorder

Christian Nordstrøm Rasmussen, Minna Anneli Pakanen, Marianne Graves Petersen

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This paper presents an autobiographical design process aiming towards aesthetically pleasing light-therapy device that can be augmented on the body and in the everyday life of the wearer. The design (fig. 1) is meant for easing seasonal affective disorder symptoms through longer and less bright light therapy sessions (e.g., 2 hours with max 2500 Lux brightness) than with typical light box. The glasses were chosen as a formfactor as they allow user to accomplish other tasks, such as eating breakfast, commuting, or working while on a light therapy. The resulting design is moderately small and easy to integrate into everyday life through classical eye-glasses look and adjustable lighting output. First author's initial experiences in real-life use, however, indicate that the design is not completely socially acceptable as light output puts him too much on display.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - AHs 2021 : Augmented Humans Conference 2021
EditorsJonna Häkkilä, Pedro Lopes, Thomas Kosch, Jun Nishida, Paul Strohmeier, Yomna Abdelrahman
Number of pages6
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2021
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384285
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventAugmented Humans International Conference - University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 22 Feb 202124 Feb 2021


ConferenceAugmented Humans International Conference
LocationUniversity of Lapland
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  • Autobiographical design
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self-management
  • Ultra-personalization
  • Wearable
  • light therapy


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