Design Engineering
Showcase 2021


Working from Home
Remote work

Project Details

Jordan Kotler
Ella Cope
Higor Alves de Freitas
Luke Hillery
Design Engineering MEng
Enterprise Roll Out
Project Website

idle is the smart availability tool that shields you from physical and digital interruptions while you work

Project Description

Working from home is increasingly common and has jumped due to the pandemic. This has presented new problems to desk workers who were unprepared for such a sudden shift.

The team at idle related to these problems and wanted to find a solution. We started off by building a foldable desk. This was a sh*t idea. So we went back to the drawing board to build a business that we believed in and that would make a real difference.

The final product is idle, a hardware and software combination that simplifies your WFH experience. You can hang an idle device on your bedroom door or put it on your desk and it will sync with all your communication platforms (Slack, Teams, Zoom). If you’re on a video call or ‘in the zone’, your device will glow red to make sure everyone knows that you’re not free. idle will also sync your availability across a range of communication platforms, for example setting your status to 'Do Not Disturb' on Slack, Teams and Zoom, so your colleagues know that you're busy.

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