The FocusOn system increases productivity and decreases stress in open-plan offices by enhancing focus and helping employees understand their routines. This is achieved through multiple features involving the FocusPoint device which creates a bespoke experience combing binaural beats with the user's own selection of music.
Early concepts included: electrochromic glass to chance opacities of cubicle walls for privacy; projections on semi-opaque materials for the same outcome; a combination work/personal phone station to regulate interruptions, and a "sprint" inspiring internet lockout system.
After giving myself the brief of decreasing stress and increasing focus and productivity in an open-plan office, both academic and user research were conducted and documented.
The design of the device was updated to a more elongated shape to improve the usability of the subtle-indication system.
Exhibiting at the Degree Show:
Academic research led to the discovery of entrainment. This concept uses the power of binaural beats- audio stimuli which transmit different frequencies in each ear, and have been proven to actively alter the users brainwaves. Various frequencies used in this manner are capable of making the user calmer, more focussed, or more prepared for sleep. FocusPoint was designed to encorporate binaural beats into the music many people already listen to when attempting to focus in an open-plan office. The user is then able to sync with software which provides them with information about when they listened to which binaural frequencies and which songs, so that they may tailor their use to specific tasks. The FocusPoint device also includes a subtle indication to surrounding colleagues whether the user is able to be interrupted. A differently coloured panel on one surface, placed either on the top or on the side of the cubed device, informs others if the user is focussing on a piece of work and would prefer to be left alone