Fueled by a frustration around the way we use screen-based devices to communicate, Joanna Montgomery wanted to create a more “human” way to feel connected to someone you love when you can't be with them. She first developed her heartbeat speakers as a small project, but when it went viral, she knew there was an opportunity to use them to help people across the world feel close to one another.
A Scottish designer now living in London, Joanna spent five years working to turn her project into a commercial product. From the initial designs to visiting the production floor to do her own quality control, she’s been involved in every step of the process. Now that what she calls her “labor of love, for love” is a real product, Joanna hopes her creation can bring a little more intimacy to those who have to be far away from their loved ones.