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Smart office traffic light system knows when you shouldn’t be disturbed

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p The Flowlight tries to keep you and your coworkers productive by letting your colleagues know when they shouldn't disturb you.

Red and green traffic lights generally work pretty well on the street, which may explain one of the reasons you got to work today in one piece.

Couldn’t a similar stop-and-go concept be used in offices to let your coworkers know when they should leave you alone?

That us the slightly quirky rationale behind the Flowlight system, technology implemented by a team of researchers at the University of Zurich to help international industrial design company ABB Group to indicate when workers are “in the zone” and should not be disturbed.

“Knowledge workers are frequently interrupted by their coworkers,” Thomas Fritz, assistant professor of software quality at Zurich, told Digital Trends.

“These interruptions can incur a high cost if they happen at inopportune moments, requiring a long recovery time and an increase in errors in the work.

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