Creating a Personality for Buildings: Part Two

Last week, we introduced you to FIERA, our Fully Integrated Electronic Room Assistant. FIERA is the virtual assistant inhabiting TEECOM’s Research Lab. We described how FIERA coordinates and regulates all the interconnected systems, responds to voice commands, and manages the space. Today, we talk about how an impulsive gear purchase led to a new way for … Read more

3 Lessons from the World’s Best Innovation Labs

Workshop. Research lab. Fab lab. Impact lab. Incubator. Maker space. Innovation hub. Whatever your organization calls it, dedicated in-house R&D spaces are increasingly popular as a way to introduce new thinking to every industry. As TEECOM developed our research space, we looked to several successful labs for inspiration. Here are the lessons we learned: 1. Optimize … Read more

Creating a Personality for Buildings: Part One

Every building has character, a personality, thanks to its design, its context, its inhabitants. In the future, every building may be a personality, as artificial intelligence increasingly provides once-inert spaces with a voice and the ability to act. This shift will require designers and architects to think in new ways about how inhabitants relate to buildings. … Read more

Maintaining Culture and Engagement at a High-Growth Company

In October, TEECOM was named to the 2017 San Francisco Business Times’ “Fast100,” the annual list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area. In an environment full of high-powered Silicon Valley venture-funded startups, we took particular pride in making the list. As those Silicon Valley startups know, however, growing fast comes with challenges. One … Read more

TEECOM Research Saves Hospital Client $184,800 in Hardware Costs

Sometimes the most challenging aspect of technology design can be getting devices to play together nicely. Case in point: patients checking in to a recently built healthcare facility are provided with an iPad for the duration of their hospital stay. This iPad is pre-loaded with a customized patient schedule, prescribed educational materials (i.e. a smoking cessation … Read more

20 Years of Innovation: A Timeline

At the end of our twentieth year, we’re taking a look back at the milestones that made us who we are. Join us on a TEECOM timeline tour from Moscone Convention Center West to New Parkland Hospital, from one employee to 88 engineers, designers, project managers, BIM specialists, software and hardware developers, and more.

How to Design a Planetarium

Planetariums are truly amazing immersive environments. As dome theaters, they stimulate human perception in a way that no other architecture can. We hear a lot about the immersive experience of virtual reality, but the planetarium remains the most famously communal of virtual spaces — the immersive environment where we gather to learn and be transported to galaxies … Read more

How a Unified Communications Solution Saved One Hospital $2 Million

Stanford Health Care has always incorporated the latest technologies into their healthcare facilities and practices. For the new Stanford Adult Hospital, an IP speaker system was proposed as the next cutting-edge unified communications solution for public address systems. Stanford Health Care engaged TEECOM to review the design for constructibility and cost, and we determined that this IP-based … Read more

Path to Leadership: Larry Anderson’s 20 Years at TEECOM

As with many start-ups, TEECOM’s origin story is grounded in a community of family and friends. Larry Anderson, employee number five at TEECOM, was a high school classmate of founder David Marks. “We were both interested in technology and engineering,” Larry recalls. “I remember first noticing him in a BASIC programming class. David would help the teacher … Read more