Allowing campers to have a good night of sleep with all its benefits, without disturbing one’s practice… So they can enjoy their activities during the day.
Incorporating a technology (innovation) / Relationship with professional / User experience / Pitch presentation.
Exposition Coup de Coeur / Biggest achievement / Product development at its best / Research process to innovation.
François Richard and Étienne Tremblay.
RISE is a backpacking tent that allows campers to delay the entry of light inside its interior space in order to maximize their sleep time. It provides them with the right environment to get a good night of sleep and get all the benefits that come with it. Campers often complain that they wake up all tired because of the early sunlight... we are here to help!
RISE was one year of product development that led to the end of our degree. It sums up everything we’ve learned into this one final project. Starting with a research phase in a specific context that is the outdoor, we went through all the stages of product development where all three members of the group had to play their part for it to succeed.
Kayaking, climbing, hiking, and fishing are some of those activities that you can enjoy on the outdoor and they all have one thing in common: Camping. People who go on two days or more trip have to experience sleeping in the wild and it is not always as easy as it looks to get a good night of sleep. Regarding all the campers we interviewed, these are some of the most disturbing element that could affect one’s sleep: cold, heat, humidity, noises and light. The latter was the foundation of our intervention to help those campers getting the sleep they need to appreciate the outdoors… And this is how RISE was born!
Sleeping is an important part of a day where, if done properly, we get all the energy to be ready both physiologically and psychologically for the next day. The role of light in a sleep cycle is more important than one could imagine.
To understand our subject, we had to spend several weeks in research mode. As designers, we had to put ourselves in the best conditions possible to propose a solution that would be coherent. We had to find an way to improve people’s sleep in wild camping. First of all, it is good to know that to get all the benefits of a good night of sleep, your body has to complete all four cycles of sleep. Besides, everyone has a different routine that is regulated by our biological clock (circadian cycle), telling our body when to rest and when to wake up. In other words, if someone wakes up before the end of all four cycles or sleeps for too long, his body won’t have restored itself completely.
We also learned the influence that light had on ourselves. Basically, when it is getting dark outside, our body starts secreting a hormone called melatonin who assists us to fall asleep. Then, when a source of light is detected in the morning, we gradually stop secreting that hormone and we slowly wake up. Artificial light has the same impact on us as the sun. Therefore, this notion makes even more sense when placed in the wild since the sun is the only source of light. With RISE, we found a way to give the same amount of sleep as if they were at home, so they can concentrate and enjoy their days in the wild.
Product design & UX
The sunlight enters the tent later than usual with RISE. It was made possible by the use of two textile technologies and a precise design.
First, there is the Nymphe technology. It is a layered composition using four different types of textile: polyester, waterproof film, reflective film and black nylon. Applied almost everywhere on the textile, it creates that opaque composition where the light cannot go through. Also, it can help to keep the heat outside with its reflective attribute. Then, there is the Morpho technology. This one is a textile that can change color under direct contact with sunlight using photochromic pigment (like the mug that changes color under heat). It allows the light to gradually enters the tent and to wake the campers up. It is applied on one side of the rainfly.
Only the precise design of the tent could make it all work. Both top sides of the tent have an angle of 18,6°. This angle was selected after an examination of the position of the sun according to different time zones from one end to the other of North America at a specific time (7:30 am). It is the average time Canadians wake up during the week and we wanted to keep it that way.
It was really important for us to create a product that will not affect the way we do camping. That is the reason why RISE is so easy to use. In fact, the only difference is in the way to set up the tent. When campers arrive on their camping site, they have to install the tent facing east and add the rainfly over the structure with the Morpho technology facing west using the carry bag with a built-in compass. By doing so, it allows the surface to stay under the shadow of the tent until wake-up time. When the sun will start to shine in the early morning, a little amount of light will enter the tent, but not enough to wake everyone up. Nymphe technology is there to create an environment that is as dark as possible to keep the campers asleep even in the morning. It is only when the sun will exceed 18,6° in the sky that the UV light will be able to hit the Morpho zone. At this point, the pigment will react and change color into one that will spread the light into the tent. The body will then naturally complete his sleep cycle and gradually wake up. Obviously, the time to wake up will depend on the season and the time zone in which the users will be.