Technology to Improve Worker Concentration

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By: Marie Donlon

As technology continues to grow, our attention spans continue to diminish. According to a study from Microsoft, human attention spans have decreased in lock-step with advances made since the mobile revolution.

According to the study, which looked at the brain activity of 112 participants, in 2000 (the start of the mobile revolution) the human attention span was around 12 seconds. In 2015, it hovered around eight seconds. Researchers explain that the decline is associated with the distraction of technology.

However, there are a number of companies hoping to help improve these numbers with products meant to help the average worker focus on their tasks. Some of the technology available to the average worker in the near future to improve concentration levels and thus, productivity, could include the following:

Sunglasses

One company — currently raising funds on Kickstarter — has designed glasses that monitor the wearer’s eyes. With built-in sensors, the glasses measure the wearer’s brain waves. If the wearer begins to lose focus on their task, the lenses will go dark. Once focus is regained, the lenses lighten.

Another pair of glasses that might help workers maintain focus relies on liquid lenses to help block out surrounding distractions while focusing the lenses exclusively on what the wearer is concentrating on.

Music and Headphones

Because music is thought to improve productivity, one company has scientifically designed music meant to help the listener concentrate, keeping the listener attentive for hours at a time.

Similarly, headphones called Mindset, also fundraising on Kickstarter, are available for workers. Through sensors, the headphones detect the waning focus of the wearer and sends them a notification meant to refocus them.

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