Interaction Design

Kyle Stolcis, Strategy


Pulse by Headspace is a guitar tuner for chakra meditation. It uses biofeedback to make meditation an active and engaging experience.


Headspace is on a mission to improve the health and happiness of the world. Their goal is to make meditation accessible for everyone but they lack engagement with audiences that unwind through active experiences.

Past Users

"It’s not that I don’t believe in the power of mindfulness, it’s simply that meditation as a practice doesn’t fit with where I currently am in my life! I’m too excited, too optimistic and enthusiastic to sit still."

- Jonathan Courtney

"I often find my own thoughts louder than the words coming out of another person's mouth."

- Valentina Palladino

"I wondered if I was doing it wrong but didn’t know what to change."

- Kira Newman


Headspace needs to offer an active mediation experience to gain and retain users.

Passive Meditation


Active Meditation

How Might We

Invite participation with existing technology?

Gamify ancient meditation practices?

Make meditation feel like physical exercise?


Pulse by Headspace guides users as they hum and hold the seven chakra tones.

Traditionally, meditation instructors provide auditory feedback to help their students vocalize the right tone for each chakra. With haptic feedback on the Apple Watch, Headspace users feel what tone they should vocalize instead of hearing it.

Pulse by Headspace is a guitar tuner for chakra vocalizations.

How it works

Once the user hums in the range of the chakra tone, the watch begins pulsing at one second intervals to let the user know they are on the right track. After the user holds the tone for 10 seconds, the watch sends two pulses to let them know they have completed the exercise.

Users can choose a full chakra meditation where they vocalize each of the seven chakras or they can select them individually if they know which chakra they need to focus on.


Exercise Selection

Smart Notifications

Chakra Meditation

This meditation technique is aimed at keeping the body’s core chakras — centers of energy — open, aligned, and fluid. Blocked or imbalanced chakras can result in uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms, but chakra meditation can help to bring all of them back into balance.

- Headspace

The Seven Chakras

Root Chakra

Feeling of being grounded, safe and secure

Related Body Functions
Elimination of waste and toxins, core balance, pelvic floor

Sacral Chakra

Feeling pleasurable, accepting, creative and abundant

Related Body Functions
Lower digestion and absorption, immune system, sexual organs

Solar Plexus

Feeling confident and in control, self-worth

Related Body Functions
Upper digestion, stomach, diaphragm

Heart Chakra

Feeling loved and giving love, inner peace

Related Body Functions
Breathing, cardiovascular function

Throat Chakra

Being able to communicate and express, both inwardly and outwardly

Related Body Functions
Taste, swallowing, speaking, jaw tightness

Third Eye Chakra

Feeling able to understand life situations and perceive meaning

Related Body Functions
Sight, decision-making, perception

Crown Chakra

Feeling beautiful, connected and purposeful

Related Body Functions

Mental peace and connectedness


Haptic and Visual Feedback

Each chakra has a frequency can be mapped to music notes and colors on the light spectrum. This informs what the user will see and what tone they should vocalize.

Wireframes + Flows