Pause is the result of a workshop I participated in during my time as an exchange student at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany. The project was done in a group of three.
The brief for this project was to think about the subject break. A break during the working day and to take a pause.
Today’s society never stops. We feel demanded to work more and more, harder and harder. Often we forget to take regular breaks, especially when under stress. This made us ask the question: how can we remember to take a break and what can make us want to take a break?
75% says they experienced stress in the past two weeks.
40% of every sick leave from work is stress related.
71% don’t know what to do and how to tackle it.
HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd
We started brainstorming on different ways of how to be forced to take a break. But do we really want to be forced or not? Is there a way of making you take a break out of your own free will? Our minds crossed the act of watering a plant. It is something that you want to take care of and that visually gets sad if you don't do it. We played with this though and started to sketch on a small totem that you will have by your desk and that visually shows you when you need a break.
We decided on a concept with a animal that you want to take care of and that will help you remember to take a break. After that decision we made fast mock-ups in paper and try outs in Arduino before making the real prototype in foam and fabric. At the end of the week we had a working prototype that we showed at the exhibition that was in the end of this project.
Work hours: Token keeps you company on your desk.
Time for coffee break: Token starts to vibrate and the to roll around to get your attention.
Coffee break: When Token is close to his friends he recharges and regain his energy.
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Our small Token greets you in the morning by blinking to you. By the time of coffee break Token is getting impatient and starts to vibrate, if you don’t give him your attention right away he eventually falls down and rolls around on your desk. To make him happy you have to take him to the coffee table to let him meet his friends and play around with them to recharge his energy. This will help you take regular breaks and will increase your efficiency and health.