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Conveying Individual Status in a Collaborative Workspace

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246421D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an electronic system for visually conveying individual availability status in a collaborative workspace.

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Conveying Individual Status in a Collaborative Workspace

Agile and open workspaces are quickly becoming the norm. In these agile workspaces, a person in a workspace can be routinely interrupted at inopportune times. A worker has no effective way to visually communicate or relay an availability status for extended periods (e.g., available, do not disturb, etc.) to coworkers. Additionally, a person has no way of polling for the status of a group working in a collaborative space without asking for it and potentially disturbing workers.

A current method of conveying status is for people to use physical color-coded cards. This limits the status options and the cards are not always easily visible to everyone (e.g., objects blocking, distance, people with color-blindness, etc.).

The novel contribution is an electronic system for visually conveying individual availability status in a collaborative workspace.

The system uses a wired or Bluetooth*-enabled device, connected to a laptop or other device, to emit a status message that projects onto a wall or ceiling to communicate a user's status. The user can manually configure the status with messages such as, "User A - Available", "User A - Do not disturb", or "User A - Ready for coffee break". Alternatively, the system can be synchronized with application status updates (e.g., e-calendar, chat client, etc.) or other methods of inference, to provide an automatic notification mode.

The system implementation comprises two co...