2024
Dylan Parry
Product Design Engineering BSc
Interaction
Deski
Picture of current MIB team

Project Description

ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in the UK, affecting five percent of children, and homework is a key area they find challenging. There are a lack of products designed to help students with ADHD, and many recommended homework techniques rely heavily on parental involvement, leading to prompt dependency. Deski addresses these problems by allowing students to create personalized homework routines, setting the work time, break time, repetitions, and colour of the timer face for each subject. They can then scan the colour on their homework (book cover, highlighted area, post-it note, etc.) using the colour sensor in the device to begin the corresponding routine. The absence of physical controls removes any distractions from the homework environment. Deski’s unique interaction improves focus and productivity during the homework process for children with ADHD. Over time, cognitive associations between the coloured timers and the subjects are formed, enhancing memory performance. Through its simple and intuitive operation, Deski enables students with ADHD to complete their work without the need for parental supervision, empowering them to take control of their learning and preparing them for the future.