Get water, check the mail, step outside, feed the cat, make some tea, look for a snack—these are typical distractions for people (like me) who work at home. The Sidetrack table, designed by Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design students Jennifer Kay, Jacek Barcikowski and Martina Pagura, tracks these patterns, allowing you to keep tabs on your ADD and compare your domestic wandering from day to day.
Not that domestic wandering is a bad thing, necessarily—the concept arose from the idea that being 'sidetracked' is a healthy way to alternate the static day of professionals who work from home, with little social interaction or change throughout the day.
The table tracks your activity in different rooms throughout the house with the "presence sensor," a mystic pyramid you put somewhere on your desk, kitchen table or etc. Meanwhile, with a hybrid of old printer and turntable parts, a pen plots your daily routine. The user may switch out different pen colors for different days, for comparison.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.