WELCOME TO CURIOSUM (former Sliperiet)

In April 2019, Sliperiet changed it´s name to Curiosum and merged with the science center Umevatoriet. This autumn we will take the next step. and together with our tenants move into the renewed premises of Sliperiet at Arts Campus at Umeå University.

In 2020 Curiosum will open. A new science center, to inspire young and old with science and technology. We believe curiosity can change the world.

Look out for our new website coming soon!

Interactive carpet for reducing stress


It all started when Yeji Hong, a Master student in cognitive science at Umeå University, one day was sitting in the library. With a background in psychology, she likes observing people's behaviour, and is curious about the meaning behind it. At the time she noticed a librarian in the reception, who was walking very fast, even though there were few people asking her for help. Yeji got intrigued by her behaviour and searched for and found evidence in the literature that suggested a relation between walking pace, stress levels and pace of life. She decided to find a way to help people slow down - and eventually ended up making an interactive carpet.

- At that time, I was studying cognitive interaction design and user experience, and I thought it would be nice to give people the experience to walk slowly and ultimately to make them reflect of their own pace of life. Fortunately, I saw an announcement about the possibility to make a thesis at Sliperiet. Linnéa, who is Creative Director at Sliperiet, suggested that I should make an interactive carpet, says Yeji Hong.

During spring of 2018, Yeji set about developing the carpet at SoftLab, a workshop at Sliperiet with tools for textile-based making, wearables and interactive soft materials. She got guidance from Linnéa Therese Dimitriou, and support from Emma Ewadotter, process coordinator and Junaid Moshin, an engineer and FabLab volunteer.

 - My idea was to use a tufted carpet with pressure sensors underneath. When a person walks on the carpet, the sensors send signals to a lotus flower with LED lights. Within Eastern culture, the lotus is a meditation symbol. The lights are turned on, but ONLY if the person walks slowly enough. If not, the user won't get any visual feedback, says Yeji.

The resulting carpet, lotuSLOWLY, was shown at the +Project expo and conference at Sliperiet in May 2018, sparking lots of interest from visitors and conference participants who were invited to try it out.  

Yeji strongly recommends other master students in theoretical subjects to do their thesis at Sliperiet, and her time in SoftLab convinced her that her future lies in the field of user-experience.

 - The project gave me a chance to combine my theoretical knowledge with artistic and practical skills. When I was immersed in the making process - exploring the materials, wire-framing the electrical equipment and so on - it just made me feel wow. It felt so real! I also got inspired by the artistic and creative atmosphere at Sliperiet and by the conversations I had with people I met there. I really want to thank Linnéa who involved me in this project, and Emma and Junaid who made it possible, says Yeji Hong.


Eva J:son Lönn
Kommunikatör, Sliperiet
Mail: eva.j.lonn@umu.se