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Yang Gao

MA work

MA work


INTOMACY is the first sleeping device which invites non-verbal sensory interaction to bring people closer over long distance by synchronizing the bedtime routine.


It is specifically designed for couples who are living in long-distance relationships in the same or similar time zone. When living together, a couple's daily routine blends into each other, making the bond between them much stronger. When living apart, the breakdown of a couple's evening can lead to a separation of companionship.


To reproduce this intimate feeling, Intomacy creates the first body-heat interaction system, which is inspired by the sensitivity of each other's body temperature when couples are living together. When someone's, especially a girl's body part, gets cold, they subconsciously like to warm it up on their partner's bare skin. Similarly, when you feel an area of Intomacy is warming up, it is because your partner is touching the paired product at the same time, in the same way.


With Intomacy, you can create your own physical language with your partner's. The different areas of Intomacy are designed with different heating rates and modes. When you find one part of Intomacy is getting warm, you can keep your body part there longer to warm your partner, or you can quickly move away to see your partner's reaction. It all depends on you.


When one person starts to use Intomacy on the bed, the signal will be sent to their partners' device through both the mobile phone message and the paired Intomacy product. Intomacy will only start to work when both people are using it.


Intomacy is at the intersection of the sleeping device and couples' interaction medium and heating system, which is a new product category and has commercial potential. Because the heating element is the key parameter, the effect of Intomacy is even better in the winter.




  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2018

  • Yang Gao is a London-based designer at the intersection of design, technology, and art.

    His passion leads him to investigate speculative concepts, build interesting interactions and create new human behavior through divergent thinking approaches and tangible experimentation. He thinks that good design should be proactive, should glimpse the future and return to people’s daily behavior.

    He has the hybrid design experience from industrial design and interaction design to VI, graphics and service design. The disruptive market innovation approach helps his products meet the market demands.

    He is a passionate team worker, who enjoys brainstorms, discussion and collaboration very much.

    He got first class in the undergraduate programme Product Design and Manufacture at the University of Nottingham.

    He is a current postgraduate student of MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College London.

  • Degrees

  • BEng, Product Design and Manufacture, University of Nottingham, 2016
  • Experience

  • Design and Engineering Intern, CH-LAB, Zhejiang, China, 2016; Designer Assistant, Morgen Design, Zhejiang, China, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Sound Check, Science Gallery, Dublin, 10.06.17 – 24.09.17
  • Awards

  • International Design Awards, 2014