Print Email Facebook Twitter Blinq: Increasing effective face-to-face communication between colleagues in flexible office environments Title Blinq: Increasing effective face-to-face communication between colleagues in flexible office environments Author Jaspers, S.A. Contributor Vink, P. (mentor) Boersema, T. (mentor) Schutte, S. (mentor) Schuurmans, J. (mentor) Faculty Industrial Design Engineering Department Industrial Design Programme Design for Interaction Date 2013-05-08 Abstract Modern offices’ employees are strug- gling to find their colleagues. Flexible work hours and activity related workplaces make it dif- ficult to find each other in the fast paced office environment. Organizations are battling the de- crease in face-to-face contact by encouraging their workers to use remote communication tools such as Short Text Messages, emails, Wikis and Confer- ence Calls. However, problems arise when remote contact takes away spontaneity or creates disruptions and distractions. Flexible offices should enable their workers to employ contact strategies that are less reliant on preceding remote contact. Blinq Systems has a technology that allows for the accurate indoor local- ization of laptops and other wireless devices. They aspire to employ this technology in a new product that helps to bring about effec- tive face-to-face communication in flexible offices: Blinq. When long-term investments in a modern and ef- ficient working environment are made, the right tools that make the transition to activity related workplaces and flexible desks easier should not be ignored. Blinq is the result of a user-centered design process. There are several reasons Blinq can benefit the efficient flexible office. First- ly, Blinq encourages effective utilization of activity related workplaces. Secondly, Blinq makes face-to- face contact between colleagues easier. And third- ly, Blinq helps to promote the events that make the office environment feel alive. Subject new ways of workweb applicationoffice To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:02d311df-e6be-4001-b4b1-f684c1bfb488 Embargo date 2014-05-08 Access restriction Campus only Part of collection Student theses Document type master thesis Rights (c) 2013 Jaspers, S.A.