Week 5 Reflection

John Cheung - Mon 4 May 2020, 2:57 am
Modified: Mon 4 May 2020, 2:57 am


Due to the coronavirus, our physical contact hours become online learning activities. Although it is one of the most reasonable choice to maintain teaching quality, the internet in my living area is too unstable that hindered my learning and development progress. For example, I have disconnected from zoom for multiple times, also the sound and video quality were too low to help me focus on the teaching content. At the same time, our team project has switched from our hand gesture controlling game to another product built for educational purpose. Due to the dissatisfaction and feedback from our teammates, we have once again decided to change our topic to breath controller.

To dig deeper into the breath controller project, we have review Paula's idea, using 4-7-8 breathing techniques to help people sleep better. I have researched a lot on this breathing technique, I found out that, not only the sleep quality would be improved, but also reduce tension and anxiety. One key point in all these effect was 'This breathing technique help reducing heart rate'. My whole project is developed based on this key point. Although the 4-7-8 breathing technique is used again, my project targeted on different group of users, the setting of my final product will be adjusted to fit their needs.

There are two potential problem that may affect my working progress. The first one is the delivery time of my Arduino kit, according to the online order, it took about 10 days for me to receive everything I need to build the project, including the starter kit and different sensors. The second one is the internet connection, loading Youtube video is a disaster in my living area. It took more than 3 minutes to load a short video in a very low quality. Since I am using my desktop, I can't simply move it to another place, but stay home to wait for a better connection time slot. I wish I could overcome the problem in the coming weeks.

Task for this week

1, Research on the target audience who has a need of lowering heart rate

2, Solution for integrating the breathing techniques with daily activity

3, Learn Arduino and Purchase Arduino kit online

4, Solve the slow internet connection problem