Steelcase Globe Collaborative Team Interface

The Globe interface concept leveraged both physical and digital spaces to assist teams in performing collaborative work.

Exploring the Future of Work

Exhibited and tested at the NeoCon conference, users of the Steelcase Globe interface concept prototype leveraged content across nine display screens. Content was accessed via a three large touch sensitive displays. Six smaller displays placed above them provided a persistent information zone to assist teams during collaborative sessions. An overview of the merits of the system could also be presented using the displays. The content of that presentation is presented in the gallery below.

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A globe interface enabled project space. Teams are empowered to share digital content in a way that can be related to spatially and that allows them to save where they leave off during any given session and seamlessly restore the working state of a room with the tap of an icon.

A Central Content Management Panel

Using a touch panel, users could share content with multiple users. All actions with the system were saved in a meeting “strata” shown at the lower portion of the interface. A meeting instance could be expanded by tapping on it and media files associated with the meeting would be shown. Content could then be viewed by simply dragging a thumbnail of content into the main viewing area of the interface.


 Linking to Content

Images served as multi-screen hyper links. By pressing on a link in an image, the entire array of screens could display either linked content or the last state of the display array when a link was last accessed.

Managing Meetings

The meeting “strata” displayed instances of team meetings and allowed for searching across date, group, person, topic or media type. Meetings could be picked up where they left off by simply tapping on their instance in the timeline.


A Mentoring Interface

To accommodate encountering an intuitive yet unfamiliar interface, mentoring features were incorporated that walked users through step-by-step set up of hardware and software settings.