In the fifth part of our blog series we talked about our experiments with voice control. In the sixth part you will get to know what potential do we see in the offices of the future.

When people get together to handle something in a group, there usually must be an office. A place with many desks, stationary computers, telephones and conference rooms. If we look 20 years back into the past, offices haven’t changed that much. Okay, CRT tube monitors have now become flat screens, you can electronically adjust a desk’s height, computers are more powerful and there are Smart TVs hanging on the walls. However, fundamentally it does not feel like an office in 2015 is much more different from how an office was in 1984.

Some people ask themselves why are offices actually necessary. There is considerable evidence that in the future even more people will choose to work from home or in another place of their choice. This year in USA alone over 700,000 people arranged for themselves a life of a freelancer.

Even though the trend (on a small scale) is to move away from the stationary office, it represents a core part of life of many of us. Please try to make a rough estimate of how many hundreds of hours you have spent this year in your office…

How can we make offices more futuristic?

Imagine that you sit next to yourself in the conference room during a customer meeting. Through your TeamGrid SmartWatch App or Amazon Echo you say: “Hey TeamGrid, show us the projects of Acme Inc.” And the requested data appears right away on the Smart TV in you conference room.

Through this scenario now it is noticeable how our numerous experiments of last months piece together into a big picture.

TeamGrid operates in the following way:

  1. TeamGrid knows through the voice input through SmartWatch, from which user did the request come.
  2. TeamGrid knows through the iBeacon Indoor Localization, in which room the user is – that is in the conference room.
  3. TeamGrid knows through Places App that in this room there is a Smart TV available and it is on-line
  4. TeamGrid recognizes the “intention” of the voice entry. Result: displaying the projects of Acme Inc.
  5. TeamGrid checks the access privileges and transfers the information to the Smart TV.

We interact with technology through movement and language

We believe that in the future we will run through our offices and we will be always able to interact with TeamGrid. You are actually in the kitchen and a phone call, which for sure is for you, arrives and a screen will display the name of the caller. You go now to a phone, the call will automatically be transfered to it and the it will ring. Everything that will happen in this office will be interconnected.

In the future with TeamGrid’s Places App you should be able to set up and manage rooms. For example, after you set up the “conference room”, you should be able to register which “assets” are available. An “asset” is e.g. a Smart TV, lamps, temperature sensors, cameras or moisture sensors for plants.

Flowers need water and the dishwasher is broken

When the plants in the conference room need water again, TeamGrid automatically creates a task and sends it to a team member.

Another case: you are in the kitchen and you notice that the dishwasher is obviously broken. You say: “Hey TeamGrid, the dishwasher is broken.” TeamGrid automatically contacts the company in charge and asks them to repair it.

Do we really need something like that?

We are unable to tell you this at the moment.

We certainly know that it is going to go down to identifying the really useful application scenarios. The next five years will fundamentally change our offices and we want to do this with TeamGrid. In the next months and years we will occupy ourselves with voice control, IoT, WebRTC and machine learning to let TeamGrid become much more as a project management platform.

A look forward to the last part

In the last part of our blog series “The Story So Far” you can find out what does TeamGrid want to achieve in 2016.

Click here to jump to part 7 of our blog series.

  • This is great! Feels like we are getting in on the ground floor of a great project management software but it’s more then that! It changes our office lifestyle for the better.