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Zenscape: Encouraging Microbreaks from Screen-based Work through a Tangible System

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posted on 2024-03-07, 22:10 authored by Deepti AggarwalDeepti Aggarwal, RA Khot, JY Yi
Regular microbreaks from work positively contribute to one's well-being, performance, and recovery, yet integrating them into work routine can be challenging. In response, we present Zenscape, a novel tangible system that encourages regular microbreaks through a subtle stirring water action and sound. Zenscape aims to improve the quality of the microbreaks by inviting user participation in creative micro activities that are inspired from Zen Garden philosophy. We conducted field deployments of Zenscape with seven participants who interacted with the system daily for at least 2 weeks. The study revealed that the physicality of the system brought discipline to participants' work routine and interacting with the Zen Garden made microbreaks refreshing. Participants took frequent breaks with Zenscape, found themselves more productive and less tired at the end of the day. Based on study insights, we present three design considerations to guide the design of the future technologies for supporting regular microbreaks.

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Pagination

1-17

Location

New York, N.Y.

Start date

2024-02-11

End date

2024-02-14

ISBN-13

9798400704024

Language

eng

Title of proceedings

ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Event

TEI '24: Eighteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction

Publisher

ACM

Place of publication

New York, N.Y.

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