Stratum is a desk mat that gives office workers control over their own temperature. Applying heating or cooling directly to the forearms eliminates its effect on ambient conditions, allowing each person in a shared workspace to feel comfortable.
With thermostat wars raging in offices all over the world, some people suffer from thermal discomfort on a daily basis. Working in an environment that is hotter or colder than your personal optimum temperature is shown to impact happiness, health and productivity.
Stratum localises the application of heating and cooling, working on the principle of spatial alliesthesia. When you run your wrists under a cold tap to cool down, or wrap your hands around a hot mug to warm up, your whole body quickly feels more comfortable in an uncomfortable environment. This mind trick means Stratum can keep you feeling just right in a wide range of office temperatures, using a fraction of the energy and having no impact on those around you.
Stratum is designed to be unobtrusive and facilitate productivity. Interactions with the device are kept to a minimum to let you get on with your work. The mat self-regulates to maintain your desired temperature, and three user-programmable presets make it a matter of seconds to switch between your ideal heating, cooling and neutral settings. If you need full use of your desk space, simply roll Stratum up and move it aside.
Even heating is provided by a polymeric PTC heat pad layer inside the mat. The material heats and cools rapidly, and uses very little energy to reach a warm-to-touch temperature. It is also self-regulating which eliminates the possibility of overheating.
The cooling effect is achieved by creating a localised zone of air movement around the user’s arms. Fans in either end blow air along the mat which permeates through the top fabric layer.