Embla is a business proposition for a multifaceted system that uses near future technology to allow office workers to better manage their non-productive stress. It also provides employers with a useful tool to monitor their employees wellbeing within the constraints of data protection and ethical concerns. We proposed the use of "sympathetic environments"- using IOT technology to modulate outputs such as temperature, light, scent, reprogramming of the circadian rhythm and sound according to a user's profile built up from individual biometric data gathered through a wearable. We conducted extensive research and testing to validate our ideas.
As a futures project, we examined technological and social trends and analysed weak signals relating to future working environments and the changing attitudes towards mental health, personal data protection and human augmentation.