IoT Device + Mobile Prototyping


An IoT solution to workplace interruptions.

Open office problems

You’re focused and finally in a good rhythm for working when a coworker comes by to ask you a question. To avoid being seen as unfriendly, you talk to them at the cost of your productivity. You can’t just put yourself as busy in-person like you can on Slack. It’s not their fault, how could they know? Or could they?


My role

  • Collaborated in a cross functional team with an engineer, product designer and business analysts.

  • Ideated and defined scope through conducting generative and evaluative research.

  • Planned and executed remote usability studies to iterate designs.

  • Created wireframes and crafted micro-interactions for high fidelity screens.

Timeline: months, January - April 2020

Team: Bobbie Chen, Katanyu Guin-glr Chuenmeechow, Andrew Connolly, Rissa Lee



Where was I again?

The Challenges of an Open Office


Open offices are supposed to increase social interactions and create a healthier work environment; however, studies have shown that it decreases productivity and interactions due to the awkwardness. The unspoken workplace etiquette makes it stressful to start a conversation and awkward to turn one down.

Why does it matter?

Decreased Productivity


We conducted a survey of 95 respondents with experience working in an open office and found several trends that convey decreased productivity in the office.

How often are you interrupted in a day?


39% of people stated that they lose over 30 minutes of productive time a day from these in-person interruptions.

This is increased to 66% for software developers.


It’s Hard to Say No and it’s Hard to Tell if Someone is Busy