Helping kids work through their emotions by creating an Augmented Reality (AR) App in Partnership with The Look for the Good Project using Unity3D.
ROLE: Product Owner, Product Manager, Designer, Developer
TIMELINE: 8 Month Graduation Project
SKILLS: Unity3D Development, 3D Character Implementation
TOOLS: Unity3D, Maya, Figma, C#
After working with at-risk kids for the past 7 years running after-school programs in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, I found that some youth I met had a hard time understanding how to control their emotions. A specific situation I recall is the difficulty one eight year old girl named Stella faced with her feelings. She would burst out crying or fill with rage every time something she could not control happened around her. This experience showed me that there is a necessity for alternate methods to help kids understand how to work through their emotions. That’s where this app comes in! The I’m Fine Breathing App is an Augmented Reality (AR) app that helps kids find the inner strength they need when feelings get overwhelming by providing self-reflective breathing practices to work through difficult situations in a fun way.
This project is based on content from the partner organization The Look for the Good Project (LFTG), a non-profit organization that gives kids access to social-emotional learning programs. I partnered with one of the founders and integrated their insights in child development from their workbooks based on in-depth research from child psychologists and industry experts.
This app was created on a contract basis where I licensed my IP to The LFTG as a free app for the community.
Most AR apps on the market currently range from games, toys, animated filters, and very simple educational tools for younger children. There has not been much exploration into AR and social-emotional development with kids, which is why I want to use this medium to engage already digitally native kids in activities that demonstrate an alternate perspective to how they see their emotions.
The goal of this project was to create an augmented reality tool to helps kids work through their feelings through proven social-emotional reflective practices.
The app focuses on the use of 4 general emotions in the form of 3D characters that are used as a companion to guide the user to do breathing techniques based on how they’re feeling.
How can I create an experience that allows kids to engage and connect with their emotions in order to enhance their social-emotional understanding?
I created the app for IOS only currently as the front facing and face tracking camera is only supported on IOS 12 and above with the Unity engines. I used Xcode to test and run the app as it was the best way to support the project. launched this project on test flight for preliminary beta users within the partner organization so that they are able to try the app out for themselves.