Designed to gently suggest to a chef to take a small mental break with a light vibration, we wanted this personal ambient notification device to create a moment of escape in an otherwise highly stressful environment.
We explored a variety of locations for the vibration motor and ended up deciding on the back of the neck as our user testing indicated that resulted in the least amount of ticklishness and disturbance while the chef was in the middle of a task.
As in the final design, we knew from the start we also wanted to provide feedback to others around. We planned to incorporate a visual display of lights to provide feedback to the executive chef and the rest of the team when a given station was either overburdened and in need of additional help (red) or taking a mental break (green).
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