Technology That Supports a Safe Return to the Office in the Era of COVID-19

As we look toward an eventual return to working in physical offices, many have speculated about what a post-COVID-19 workplace will look like. Will we have a greater proportion of workers engaging remotely? Will we reduce the density of our open offices? Will we remove seats from conference rooms to ensure everyone can sit a safe … Read more

Beyond Metaphors and Misinformation: Machine Learning in AEC

I recently gave a presentation at the AIASF Next conference titled, “This Building Does Not Exist (Yet).” The title is a reference to the website ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com, where machine learning researchers have generated photo-realistic images of non-existent people by feeding neural networks massive datasets of real faces. My presentation revolved around an interactive exercise in which the … Read more

Architecture ex Machina: A Forum to Discuss AI and Design

Rapid progress is being made on the development of machine learning models that are capable of producing original images, text, and audio. This prompts the questions: what changes when architecture comes from the machine? Is it possible to leverage this technology to design buildings, cities, and structures? Architecture ex Machina™️ (AexM) is a working group and … Read more

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