A Light-Up Status Flag That Tells Co-Workers You're Too Busy To Chat

A Light-Up Status Flag That Tells Co-Workers You're Too Busy To Chat

Even in an office where walls separate every employee, it's hard not to get distracted by a passing co-worker. So imagine how hard it is to focus in an open concept setting where everyone works at shared desks. The folks at GreyNut were dealing with that exact problem, so they created the Luxafor: a small light-up flag that tells your co-workers when you're not to be disturbed.

A Light-Up Status Flag That Tells Co-Workers You're Too Busy To Chat

Using a simple red light/green light approach, the Luxafor can be configured from a small app on your computer. There's a manual mode that lets you specify whether you're too busy to talk or free to chat, an automatic mode that raises the red flag when you're using certain programs, and even a notification mode causing the Luxafor to flash when new emails or other messages arrive. So it's not a one-trick pony.

It's a little passive-aggressive, at least compared to slapping on a pair of monstrous over-the-ear headphones that send a similar message. But it keeps employees connected to what's going on around them. And for those of us who are too polite to simply turn a chatty co-worker away, it's a slightly subtler way to let them know to move along.

A Light-Up Status Flag That Tells Co-Workers You're Too Busy To Chat

The folks at GreyNut have turned to Kickstarter to help make the Luxafor available to offices all around the world, and there will actually be two versions available if and when their $US42,000 crowdfunding goal is met. A wired version that plugs into a USB port and can be pre-ordered for just $US21, and a wireless Bluetooth version that's obviously a little more pricey at $US52, but means there's not another cable for you to wrangle at your desk.

The Luxafor's creators are confident they can have the device in backer's hands as early as July of this year, but it's always smart to take Kickstarter delivery dates with a grain of sale since there are countless production hurdles and speedbumps that will arise that could delay delivery. That being said, the Luxafor isn't exactly cutting-edge technology. It's just a clever re-purposing of existing tech that promises to keep chatty co-workers at bay, so here's hoping it quickly makes it to market. [Kickstarter - Luxafor via Taxi]


Comments

    As if anyone is going to know what this means yet alone pay it any attention at all...

    This is a kickstarter? Guy at work has a light like this stuck on his monitor.

    One of the phone systems we put in a few years ago for a client had an optional red light like this but the size of a bell, that lit up when you were on a call.

    You will still have idiots asking for shit.

    Yeh I'm on the fucking phone... you see this massive amount of papers on my desk and the telnet sessions open... you see the 4 remote termial sessions open on my computer and me flicking back and forth between them..... yeh I'm busy so FUCK OFF

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