Research conducted found that people who can inhibit their true feelings have a greater chance in succeeding in their profession, as they possess a high degree of social etiquette. Even experienced businessmen may find it increasingly difficult to act appropriately if they are stressed and feeling the pressure to perform.
After recent circumstances as the suicide scandal at France Telecom where twenty-three employes have killed themselves since the beginning of 2008 due to »(…) a never-ending drive for efficiency which is causing emotional havoc in the workforce (…)« it became clear that an early warning system to detect and indicate stress, thereby providing awareness and empathy is needed. This indicator is build by a small craftsman’s establishment situated in the »Slow Movement«.
The device called the »Amæ Apperatus« measures your personal stress level through a galvanic skin response sensor and visualises the outcome via proportional intensities of smoke, making the arousal publicly visible. Carefully constructed in a traditional manner it is an easy to use wearable device, which enables the members of the »Slow Movement« community to track their stress level and could be adopted by large companies to look after the arousal state of their employes. After the »Amæ Apperatus« is well-established it could be also used to detect and rise awareness regarding stress sensitive areas.
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The wearable device
High stress level expressed via intense smoke
Exhibition setup for the »Work In Progress Show« at the RCA 2010