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Meet Bossy,

A Cute Desktop Assistant That Wants You To Be A Better Worker

The device is concept designed to show a future where our electronics can help us organize our work lives beyond just installing more and more productivity apps.

It might seem like working long hours would make you better at your job, but the opposite is actually true: It can make you less productive and lower the quality of your work.

(Even worse, it also makes you more likely to die early).

A new product concept from U.K. that design student Lucas Neumann aims to help by telling you exactly what to do so you can finish work early–like a friendly version of a robot boss.

Neumann designed the product for freelance workers with flexible hours, who might be more likely to procrastinate and get distracted by an avalanche of information online.

But it probably could be helpful for anyone who’s stuck in front of a computer all day and has trouble concentrating.

The tool, called Bossy, is a physical device that sits on a desktop, rather than yet another app. “When I was doing research, I started installing all of these organization apps in my phone and on my Mac,” says Neumann. “But I realized that after time we stop engaging with particular apps because we’re dealing with too much stuff.”

Bossy is a constant reminder of whatever’s next on your to-do list, so you never have to open an app or check in.

“I realized that if you have something that sits there with you all the time, off your phone and computer–while at the same time connected with everything–it might be easier to create a relationship with it and a long-lasting kind of engagement,” Neumann explains.

The simple white device connects to your calendars, to-do lists, apps, and wearable tech, and then displays your top three priorities.

Once you finish something, you push a button–made squishy so it’s more satisfying–and the device records your progress on a separate desktop and mobile app, offering badges and other rewards as you improve.

Over time, Bossy learns how you work in order to be more helpful.

It can also remind you to stand up, stretch, drink water, or take breaks, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed by various feeds online, a swipe of a button on the device will shut down the noise.

Neumann created the design for an RSA student challenge that asked for solutions for the way we’ll work in the future. “It’s looking 15 or 20 years ahead,” he says. Still, the technology and predictive analysis used in the design are already available, so in theory, the product could be built now.

For the moment, Neumann wants to tweak some details of the hardware–a special white screen that he wants to use, for example, isn’t available yet on the market.

But as he researches the concept with freelancers at coworking spaces and elsewhere, he’s already getting requests to make it right away.

ADELE PETERS is a writer who focuses on sustainability and design and lives in Oakland, California. She’s worked with GOOD, BioLite, and the Sustainable Products and Solutions program at UC Berkeley. Continued

When he is not teaching samba classes and helping kids in rural Brazil with their homework, Lucas Neumann de Antonio designs. And when he does, it ends up on FastCo.


Can you reflect on what’s wrong with that picture?

Sherif Mktbi shared this link and commented:

This is all convincing. But why should the whole world learn to code? Still not convinced.

Dimitri Hadjichristou commented:

As designers it’s the way to go, a lot of today’s products are informatics based. Look at the new Wilson basketball, light wave wristband etc..

Using coding to access information around the products we use helps us continue to develop it till it’s near perfect!

Also, similar to maths it’s another form of teaching us to analyze and problem solve, that’s my 2 cent

Real, final, absolute: Death in Gaza

Nothing can moves you?

There is nothing more real than death.
Nothing more, true, than death.
It’s absolute. It’s final.

When death erases hundreds of lives.
Or even just 4 children.
The action that created death
Is as real, true and absolute
As death itself.

Yet even with this concrete truth.
This overwhelming evidence of atrocity.
It does not move you.
It does not fuel you with fire.
It does not fuel you,
To act, with conviction.

This is not a “conflict”.
There is an oppressor.
There is an oppressed people.

The only conflict for you is this.
Will you be honest with yourself?
Will you be honest with others?
Will you share this truth, without fear?

Are you willing to take a side?
Whether it’s with the oppressor or the oppressed.

Let the world know.

I know, that my freedom as an individual,
Will not be complete, without the freedom,
Of the Palestinians.

Sherif Mktbi shared #‎FreePalestine‬

“Know what it is to be a child . . .
To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
William Blake


Is life that chose me and made me survive all the hurdles and illnesses

It is events that directed me in the alleys of life

Guided me in the countless forks that led me

Far away from the path that my parents wished me to take

And strove to show me at every bend

Ease up your judgment on your fellow neighbor.

He might seems a tad luckier

He could look not so lucky in the opportunities of his life.

Both of you share this common characteristic:

You both had to struggle all the way

And try to grab the few moments of satisfaction and hope.


And How Instagram Made It?

How Instagram Made It

A team makes a cool app. Somehow they made it onto TechCrunch and people start to download it.

They have a lot of users now. And things look bright.

Suddenly, less and less people are downloading it. And they find out that people who downloaded are not using it anymore – or worse – are deleting it!

They start spending money on ads. They email bloggers and tweet their hearts out. But nothing happens.

This is when most apps fail.

So why do the Instagram make it? The secret sauce is simple, yet not many notice it. It comes in two parts.

Part 1 – Instagram is not about making videos. It’s about sharing videos.

instagram user journey

Studying Instagram’s user journey, you can see how users’ default choices are to “share” and nothing else.

Want to save it just for yourself? Nope, can’t.

Want to have it somewhere safe? Nope, it’s hosted on servers that can be compromised.

This is how apps make sure that your video is seen by others, gets onto twitter and Facebook. And eventually gets liked. Which leads us to part 2 of the secret sauce.

Part 2 – Instagram teaches you to come back, again and again.

Instagram Notifications

So you have Instagram on your phone. How does the app take you from a person who “just downloaded it” to “using it everyday”.

This is where the magic happens.

Instagram literally teaches you to keep checking the app! How?

Using the simple ideas of behaviorism. Yes, the same way they teach dogs to do tricks.

Here is how it worked for dogs, and how it works for humans too. (I’m keeping the psychology background to a minimum).

habit trick

Doing Tricks Habits For Dogs

checking app habit

Checking App Habit For Humans

Every like on Instagram makes sure that this habit becomes stronger.

In Behaviorism this is called “Reinforcement”. And I am not kidding with the dog analogy.

You can read more about behaviorism in this awesome book by Karen Pryor.

Eventually, with dog training, you can start asking the dog to do tricks without giving it treats. And same for hardcore app users, they don’t need likes to keep coming back and check the app!

What I’ve explained to you is also how Facebook, Twitter and other big places on the internet really made it big.

We’ve decided not to do that for our first product, Glance Video. We believe that you should own your moments. They belong to you, not the internet.

But this is our challenge. How can we get our app to be discovered by new users?

And how do we get people to keep using it, without using lessons from Instagram?

We want your help.

Share with us your thoughts and strategies on twitter or comment below.

What do you think?




January 2023

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