Wood, acrylic, paper, ink, and electronics
25 9/16 x 27 9/16 x 23 10/16" (65 x 70 x 60 cm)
Sidetrack, built from modified turntable and printer parts, is based on research showing that work-at-home professionals have trouble separating their home and work lives, and in particular that they spend most of their time at their desks and not in other parts of their homes. Areas throughout the home (the kitchen, the office) are tracked by sensors connected to a rotating table. As the user moves from room to room, the table plots a pattern, drawn by pens attached to a moving arm, disclosing what the designers call “pockets of time” being devoted to various tasks. Distractions, in this case, are not the problem but are encouraged as healthy breaks in rather monotonous days. Each day is recorded on a separate paper disk, allowing users to learn from their own patterns.