Could this Tiny Cube Solve Sick Office Syndrome?
Coughs, sneezes, headaches, sore eyes, fatigue, poor concentration, dizziness, dry, itchy skin ΓÇô office workers always seem to be under the weather. Thanks to a new device, Sick Office Syndrome could soon be a thing of the past.
Researchers have been trying to identify the causes of Sick Office Syndrome since the 1970s, although it is generally believed to be a combination of factors which make up the indoor environment. Now a new device could take the trial and error out of working out why your office space is making you feel tired, unproductive, or just generally unwell.
CubeSensors are designed to monitor the environment in the office, by measuring room temperature, humidity, air quality, noise, light, vibration, and barometric pressure.
The tiny cordless cubes are just two inches square and are designed to sit on a desk or in the corner of a room. From here, they monitor the indoor environment through their seven in-built sensors, collecting data continuously throughout the day. This data is then sent to a computer or smartphone app where it can be tracked to analyse trends and patterns in the indoor environment.
The idea behind this ambient data collection is that it can identify potential problems in the indoor environment long before they become obvious to the people working in them. For example, by tracking humidity levels, the CubeSensor can identify a potential mould problem long before it becomes visible, enabling employers to fix it before it creates a health issue among employees.
But itΓÇÖs not just health ΓÇô CubeSensor can also be used to boost productivity levels. Using the data, employers are able to pinpoint when office workers start to feel drowsy, and more importantly, understand the environmental factors which may be causing it. The same process can be used to understand the impact of noise, lighting levels and even vibrations on employee productivity.
Armed with this information, businesses will be able to improve the office environment to boost productivity and wellbeing, whether this means making small adjustments to the temperature or redesigning the layout of the space.
It doesnΓÇÖt end there. Because the CubeSensors collect data in real-time, they can also be used to react to short-term changes in the environment. Currently, it uses the data to send alerts when it is time to adjust the temperature, turn on the lights or increase ventilation. Long term, its creators have plans to connect it to complete indoor environment systems which will allow the CubeSensor to open windows and adjust room temperatures when it detects that it is too warm or cold.
The Cubesensor could make a huge impact on the wellbeing of office workers, boosting their productivity and improving their health. ThatΓÇÖs quite an achievement for such a tiny device.
Could the CubeSensor spell the end for Sick Office Syndrome? Would you try it in your office? Tell us in the comments below.
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