Ciaran Henderson

Product Design BSc (Hons)

Designing through the use of technology to create a small portable box, fit for any work environment to aid in stress relief through a simple light sequence.


74% of UK have felt 'overwhelmed or unable to cope' at some point in the past year. What if we could relieve the stress consistently throughout the day, and feel happy to keep working? Meditation can help with this, but often needs to be a completely separate task. 

My GLO box aims to relieve stress at the desk. GLO provides a gentle light to help take you through a breathing exercise, with positive effects on the body and mind. Take 3 minutes out of your work to recentre and clear your head before getting back to it. Use the box as many times as you like to keep your mind clear throughout the day. When the box is on its face, a timer starts following the Pomodoro Technique, which gives a 5 minute break every 25 minutes of work. GLO alerts you to this break with a subtle glow of light; subtle enough that if you are focused it won't distract you, but will still be there to remind you to have a break or relieve some stress.

Through prototyping, shape, colour, material and function, the box has transformed into a very neat package. This took a long time figuring it all out, but it all worked out for this GLO box.

The Final Box with logo

Small wooden box with logo
GLO box

Collection of photos showing project changes