Click here to preview the new Fast Company

Want to try out the new FastCompany.com?

If you’d like to return to the previous design, click the yellow button on the lower left corner.

Co.Design

Steelcase's Brilliant Workstation For Staging Virtual Meetings [Video]

Steelcase's award-winning teleconferencing solution makes long-distance video collaboration as easy as plunking down your laptop at a Starbucks.

Take it from me: working remotely is awesome. But sometimes it would be nice to have some face time with my National Magazine Award-winning colleagues without having to fire up iChat in my dumpy looking apartment. Maybe my local co-working space could invest in the media:scape videoconferencing solution from Steelcase, which just won a Bronze medal from the Edison Best New Product Awards. Instead of a drab conference room full of intimidating cables and adapters, Media:scape is designed to be casually comfortable for a "walk-up and connect" experience.

The big idea with Media:scape — which Steelcase hit upon after doing extensive ethnographic research — is that videoconferencing should be just as fluid and casual as trotting over to someone's desk down the hall. Their innovative Puck system allows just that: an employee steps up to the suite, parks in one of Steelcase's appealing, cafe-like chairs, and pulls a Puck out of the countertop which connects to their laptop. One tap on the Puck and poof, the video conference begins, including file and screen-sharing from multiple computers in the group.

steelcase

Media:scape integrates with industry-standard videoconference hookups and provides a user-friendly shell around them that makes long-distance meetings feel more like informal coffee klatches. "Most videoconferencing environments are formal meeting spaces, with little emphasis on sharing and developing content," Steelcase says. "In contrast, Media:scape with HD videoconferencing environments encourage engagement, and allow access to and sharing of information by any meeting participant with the touch of a button." Indeed. If the next version of Media:scape comes with a built-in espresso maker, they'll have the total package.

[Read more at Steelcase]

Add New Comment

0 Comments