DuitPOD comes from DU IT research project on sensory environment for users with specific needs, focusing on the application of technology to architecture. DU IT vision is based on increasing users’ well-being and quality of life through an integrated approach between design, psychology and innovative technology solutions, using the competences of a multidisciplinary team. Investigating on specific needs for people with cognitive disabilities, DU IT developed a large range of sensory systems to reduce stress, increasing awareness in the use of these systems in many different context. The strategic approach to a wider market leads to the identification of a widespread problem: work-related stress is affecting 40 million of people in Europe, including 9 million in Italy, and links especially to business travelling in airports, generated by delayed flights, security checks, full agendas, etc. It is estimated that work-related stress influences productivity in the measure of 50% working days missed for illness and about 20 millions of euros lost every year.
The solution our company proposes is DuitPOD, a sensory nest designed to reduce business traveler stress by the possibility of regulating perceptions in a comfortable environment. It combines unique design, innovative technology for automation and customization and psychological support in a compact well-being sensory system that aims at generating relax and reducing stress level. DuitPOD represents a secure and calming environment where it is possible to interact with a technological system to change and adapt the environment it-self to users’ sensory preferences. There are four base-case scenarios – relax, energy, balance and dream – that integrate some sensory stimulation: colored lights, video, music, tactile sound vibrations and aromas. People can lie down inside DuitPOD and choose one or more scenarios, depending on their mood. DuitPOD ergonomic is designed to enhance relaxation in a secure and protective nest. An acoustic curtain takes each one out off the contest, answering to users’ need of isolation and containment. The sensory experience starts when the user press one button and can last all the time the person needs to get relaxed.