With a desire to remind oneself of the good memories associated with close friends and family, the Smruti app and product pairing are designed to help reduce short-temperedness and aid in anger management.
It is often the case that when we get angry at someone, we tend to forget their good qualities and label them with simplistic negative qualities, which feeds the anger in the moment. The Smruti app is meant to capture and remind us of the good memories we have with close friends and family and the qualities we value the most in each person.
A fidget tool pairs with the app and reads the number of clicks registered, to determine the anger levels at different times of the day. The app is triggered above a certain threshold of clicks, and using data from your calendar, it determines the person causing you stress at the moment and offers up good memories associated with them to help calm you down. At other times, it also displays specific things that can make you happier, for example, a child’s laughter or a puppy playing with bubbles, whatever you determine works best to elevate your mood. The fidget tool is also meant to curb the impatience felt during everyday situations.
The project began by testing out the fidget tool in various situations, during which she found that fidgeting helps her remain calm and increases focus in situations where she would normally be stressed/annoyed. This was a confirmation of multiple studies she read online about the positive effects of fidgeting. This tool was then combined with the app to provide both aspects of anger management—the tool to help reduce instances of anger/annoyance, and the app to get rid of it when it did occur.