Improving the working from home experience with human centered design by Anthony Egan


TitleImproving the working from home experience with human centered design

StudentAnthony Egan

Type:IoT, Web, Apps


The work life balance monitor is a device that aims to create greater distinction between work time and non-work time while working from home. The device tracks the amount of time users spend working and taking breaks throughout the working day. The system uses ambient light to communicate to the user when they should take breaks or when they've met their hourly work goal for the day. It also uses colour patterns to create a sense of connection between workers that are part of a shared workspace. The colour pattern is influenced by the number of users from a common workspace that are online at the same time.
The WLB monitor sits on a user's desk and utilises different user specified colours to indicate the state that it is in. The device is controlled by a twist wheel on the front. There are two methods of interaction: Twist right or twist left. Twisting left disables the system. Twisting right will alternate between states of work mode and break mode. The design and interaction method are intended to require the minimum amount of effort and the least amount of distraction possible.
There is also a digital interface for this system. This is used for reviewing data that is created from the device. The user is advised to keep track of their career information on this system to create more insightful data and allow for filtering based on career circumstances. Users can add custom fields to career records based on the information that is interesting to them. The user can reflect on their working patterns to see if there are areas for improvement or potentially external factors that are influencing their working patterns. The user can also manage their workspace, carry out configuration and connect with the physical component from this interface.