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Smart Things by Mike Kuniavsky

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Chapter 11 RoomWizard

An Appliance For Office Society

RoomWizard is a device for lubricating a social protocol about who needs this room today. People look at it and then use it to negotiate relationships.

Simon C. R. Lewis, RoomWizard project lead

Steelcase’s RoomWizard is a device for intervening in office power dynamics around scheduling shared conference rooms. Using a single piece of information — the name of the person who reserved a specific conference room at the exact moment that someone else needs it — RoomWizard is designed to initiate a negotiation between office dwellers around how they share a communal resource. It was initially developed by a design firm, Appliance Studio, which consisted of many of the people who developed ...

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