ORACLE: The guide to a safer drug experience

Tomas Bim

European nightlife is frequently associated with recreational drug consumption. An estimated 5800 people died of recreational drug overdose in Europe in 2020. Although clubs increasingly rely on harm reduction organisations and prevention information that is accessible online, strict laws and policies in many countries make this fight uneven. Moreover, the recent wave of spiking incidents in music clubs prove that individuals who have overdosed are often consequently thrown out of the club or treated without appropriate help, which can be critical in some cases.

ORACLE is a product designed in effort to address the growing concern of lethal substances and the importance of harm reduction and prevention in the future. With the elements of gamification, ORACLE is made to be paired with a smart wearable device. Thanks to this system, users are taught to understand how drug consumption affects their body through the real-time data. Same as the ancient oracles, the aim is to provide explorers, in this case recreational drug users, with guidance and information. Ultimately, the goal is for the user to make informed decisions about their drug use and reduce the risks associated with it.

Tomas Bim

Hi, my name is Tomas. I am a Prague-born designer, specialising in project management, visualising sound and working with typography. Since 2014, I have been a member of the record label and collective Harmony Rec. I am one half of Berlin-based Temple Studio.

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