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This is a widely known effect. I work for a big outsourcing company, they equip developers in open spaces with small personal infrared LEDs. It can be mounted to a headset and programmatically connected to pomodoro time tracker, so that they are switched on during rest periods automatically.

If you are not trolling, what country is this company in? I'm also curious why it only switches on during rest periods?

This is astonishing. Can you provide any more information or evidence of the prevalence of this practice?

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