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Fidget Widgets

Main Project Information
Presented By Game Innovation Lab at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
Goal Understand how people play with objects while working
Task Upload a photo or video and a bit of text
Where Online only Online,
Description

Goof Off While You Work? You Might Be Doing Way More Than You Think.

Ever notice how people play with a thing — pen, paperclip, stress ball, magnets, marker, etc. — while lost in thought as they work? Maybe you do it too. There’s a powerful link between the hand and the brain. Research shows that our feelings, thoughts, and body are very much interconnected.

Our Fidget Widgets project is exploring this behavior and the opportunity for small, tangible, digital interactions to tap into what happens while people fiddle with objects as they work. Think of a Fidget Widget as a new kind of productivity tool aiming to subtly enhance your creativity, or give you focus, or decrease stress just when you need it.

Our study requires lots and lots of participation.

What we’ve learned so far is that people strongly desire surprisingly specific experiences in their hands. We're using a tumblr page to collect examples of items and materials and ways in which people fiddle with objects while at work. Only with many submissions will patterns emerge. These patterns will provide valuable insights into how people use objects to self-regulate their internal state as they work and will inform just where we go next.

How to Join Click the "Request to join" button on this page to instantly notify the project leader of your interest!
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Visit http://fidgetwidgets.tumblr.com to submit a photo or video and a bit of text describing the object you play with while working, how you play with it, and the experience you find satisfying about it.

Website http://game.engineering.nyu.edu/fidget-widgets/
Social Media
Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
Media Mentions
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Tags behavior, psychology
Project Updated 05/30/2017