5 Simple Tricks to Make Software Development Slower

In a team environment, finding opportunities for everyone to collaborate simultaneously can be difficult, especially for remote teams. Our weekly team coding sessions arose from a desire to get everyone in the same room and make progress on some of the interesting, challenging, and often new problems that we face in our projects. Team coding sessions … Read more

The Cooperative Built Environment: The Quest for a Friendlier Playground

There’s a problem with the technology within our industry. We’ve got all these smart systems and devices that surround us all the time, technology that has transformed our everyday experiences, but most of the systems in our built environment are shackled, restricted, designed to be discrete links in a chain, rather than a network of cooperative … Read more

How to Nurture Productive Freedom in R&D

Curiosity and creativity are two of the most important traits of a research and development team, but they do not arise naturally. They must be supported, nurtured, and protected. We believe that people make their best work when they have creative freedom to explore even their most out-there ideas. Practically speaking, though, what are some ways … Read more

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

TEECOMlabs: Exploring Near Future Technology

“Where is technology headed?” TEECOM’s Research & Development group arose out of conversations with our clients who seek to identify the impact of emerging technology on building design and occupants. Faced with the disparity between the longevity of buildings and the rapid advancement of technology, we’ve focused our leadership on anticipating potentially disruptive new processes, understanding … 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

Announcing Lobby Transit for Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is famous for its excellent public transit. When TEECOM opened an office in the city in March, 2017, we knew that we wanted to expand Lobby Transit™, our free award-winning real-time transit information app, to incorporate PDX. Today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve enabled Lobby Transit™ for MAX Light Rail, Portland Streetcar, and WES Commuter … Read more