A World Without Waiting: Translating the Amazon Go Model to Other Sectors

If you haven’t seen Amazon’s prototype zero-wait grocery store, watch their video (below) first and then come read this. At first this might seem like ground-breaking new work, but the reality is that Amazon Go is just the latest iteration in a series of technologies that are helping to eliminate waiting everywhere we go. And beyond simply … Read more

How to Deploy Mass Notification Systems in Your Facility (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, we defined Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC) systems, and discussed their increasingly “smart” capabilities. This week, we talk about how to deploy these systems in your facility. The first step to deploying an MNEC solution is creating a Risk Assessment Report. This report sets the parameters for the system requirements. The report should … Read more

What are Mass Notification Systems? (Part 1 of 2)

A mass notification system is a technology that sends one-way emergency alerts and notifications to the public. As we spend more time in unfamiliar built environments, Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC), also known as mass notification systems (MNS), or emergency communications systems (ECS), are more important than ever to help in the event of an emergency. How … Read more

3 Ways Technology Can Aid Mindfulness in the Workplace

Just when you’ve gotten into the flow of reviewing a report, a flicker catches your eye. It’s a new Slack message from your manager… Click. You’re texting a detailed message to a co-worker when a shocking news headline pops up on your phone… Tap. Technology is good at distraction. In fact, some people, including former Google … Read more

What Do We Mean by “Flexibility” in Design?

Time and again in my technology consulting career I have found myself using or responding to the term “flexible” to describe a technology, a space, or even an entire facility. It’s one of those catch-all terms, like “collaborative” or “state of the art,” that seems inherently positive. Everyone wants to be flexible. But what do we mean, exactly, by flexibility in design?

5 Ways Virtual Reality is Changing Patient Care

If you still think that virtual reality is only good for gaming, recent studies demonstrating its benefit in healthcare may change your mind. Virtual reality shows such potential for easing pain, addiction, and mental health disorders that some in the healthcare world anticipate the birth of a new medical profession: the virtualist, who is responsible for … Read more

14 Audiovisual Trends that will Affect the Architecture of Spaces: InfoComm 2017 Recap

InfoComm is an audiovisual pro’s paradise: a six-day, 545,000-sf expo where top product manufacturers unveil their coolest stuff and whisper about trends to come. To cover the huge show, which also includes more than 100 educational sessions and countless meet-and-greets, TEECOM sent a five-man crew, including Gil Lopez, Luke Goodloomis, Josh Srago, Jason Brounstein, and Scott … Read more

Will Virtual Reality Replace Conference Rooms?

Twenty years ago, asking “Will virtual reality replace conference rooms?” was a science fiction scenario. Think about the “high-tech” tools you used at work back then. Google had just been born. Wi-Fi networks were at their dawn, “landline” desk phones were widespread, and email was just surpassing snail mail as a means of communication. If you had … Read more

Projection Mapping’s Potential Architectural Use

Projection mapping — using projectors to map video onto any surface — has traditionally been associated with “spectaculars” such as concert backdrops, advertisements, and art shows. One of the most frequently cited examples is the 2010 AC/DC show at Rochester Castle, which concluded with the castle’s apparent collapse, a feat of optical illusion on a grand … Read more

Audiovisual Upgrades Make the California Academy Planetarium Even More Immersive

For a man whose job involves applications of the latest technology, Blair Parkin’s favorite exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences is surprisingly low-tech. It’s a tiny fragment of rock, displayed behind plexiglass, that most people overlook. But as our tour group moves through throngs of meandering school children on a busy Wednesday, Parkin points at … Read more