MIT Integrated Learning Initiative project focuses on focus


Cassandra Scheirer

Cassandra Scheirer

By Stephanie M. McPherson

Imagine putting on a pair of glasses and the outside world melts away. Chat notifications turn off. Pings from the never-ending news cycle are silenced. Your mind is gently nudged to focus on the one task that demands your full attention.

This is what happens when you slip on AttentivU, a pair of smart glasses designed by Nataliya Kos’myna and Pattie Maes, both of the Fluid Interfaces group within the MIT Media Lab. Supported by a grant from the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), the AttentivU project is designed to help students improve their ability to focus on a given task, such as homework.

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