The connected workplace

Future Cities Catapult

The Connected Places Catapult is a hotbed for urban innovation, exploring how technologies can be deployed in cities to improve health, well-being and quality of life.

The Connected Places Catapult is a hotbed for urban innovation, exploring how technologies can be deployed in cities to improve health, well-being and quality of life.

The Catapult building itself is a technological wonder – IoT sensors report on the physical condition of the workplace, providing data for analysis by their data science team. But this raised an interesting question – while you can know what the building's inhabitants physically experience, how can you say for certain how they feel?

The Catapult building itself is a technological wonder – IoT sensors report on the physical condition of the workplace, providing data for analysis by their data science team. But this raised an interesting question – while you can know what the building's inhabitants physically experience, how can you say for certain how they feel?

The Catapult building itself is a technological wonder – internet of things sensors report on the physical office’s condition for analysis by their data science team. But this raised an interesting question – while you can know what the building's inhabitants feel, you can’t say for certain how it makes them feel.

Working with the Catapult’s Innovation and Data Science teams, we developed a series of ‘Cultural Probes’. These playful, tactile, WiFi connected objects are scattered throughout the building and poll employees on a series of subjective questions.

01: Joy Rattle
Feeling happy? Give it a shake to let us know how much.

02: Dual Slider
Two sliders showing relationships between two responses.

03: Multi-choice
An e-ink screen, navigated by dial posing a series of branching questions.

02: Dual Slider
Two sliders showing relationships between two responses.

03: Multi-choice
An e-ink screen, navigated by dial posing a series of branching questions.

04: D8
Rotate the die and select how you’re feeling.

In addition to generating data, key questions to solve were how the data would be stored, accessed and analysed. To do this, the sensors integrated with the Google Sheets API, with each interaction instantaneously updating a Google spreadsheet.

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