Teachers today are faced with bigger classes and less resources, making it even more difficult to put individual focus on the children’s specific needs. Saya is designed to aid the teacher in creating independent students, that enables teachers to focus on the children who needs the attention more.

Here is a concept of a timer that was designed to aid elementary teachers create a more individual learning environment.

The timer that challenges you to improve your focusing abilities



The time is set by touching a dot, each dot is five minutes.



When the time is up Saya rocks back and forward to indicate it is time for a break.



From active to passive, Saya express itself according to the mode.

3 dots - 15 min

2 dots - 10 min

1 dot - 5 min

Goal complete



The interface is designed to create as little distraction as possible and be quickly readable.

What makes you motivated?

The interface enables the student to set up a visual goal and create a dedication to a task


The interface challenges the kid by showing there is higher levels to reach, room to level up


The student can set individual goals for different subjects, depending on the interest



The break is the biggest reward but it is also being able to see the improvements made


The forms, materials and movement is chosen to be kind, inviting and create a relation based on initiative

E-Ink display

Processor and gyro


Induction charger


Servo arm

The inside


A servo enables it to change the centre of gravity so it can stand on the side when activated. The battery is charged by induction and the E-ink display creates very little distraction.

Background, Design for all


We started this project for the Braun prize 2015:  The extra in the ordinary. To create the extra in the ordinary we decided to take inspiration from people in the peripheral, and found our audience in children diagnosed with ADHD.


ADHD is a growing and controversial problem which is being treated in too many cases with medicine, due to lack of resources in schools. This also affects children caught in the grey zone, who should be placed in smaller groups does not get the appropriate attention. We wanted to address this issue and see how designing something for a group in the peripheral could inspire products for a more general audience.




"The students focus less with imposed tasks. It helps them to focus if they have a goal and know that something fun is waiting for them after the task."

-Charlotte Löfgren, elementary school teacher



Talking to Victor(ADHD diagnosed) and Suzy (teacher) gave us an insight of how challenges is necessary to keep an interest and also the importance of seeing a development.

Interview with a special pedagogue


“It helps the kids concentrate if they can see how much time is left until they can take a break. It (a timer) makes time less abstract and the kid can more easily understand what they dedicate themselves to.”

-Helen Eklund, special pedagogue for children with ADHD


We generated ideas and followed up the most interesting ones by talking to teachers and parents, getting their perspective and input on the ideas.

We did simulations and rapid prototypes of ideas to understand what could work and what needed to be rethought. It also made it easier to communicate ideas and build on them.

Forms and features was developed with foam models and sketches to communicate ideas and thoughts. With foam models we could also make sure the form would fit a childs hand.

johan.edzen@gmail.com                 2018