Tag Archives: future

March 30, 2010, 2:25 pm

The Secret New Steelcase Chair: I wish I could tell you more

Read about the Node (June 13, 2010)


I saw a really cool furniture product today. Our Steelcase
reps were kind enough to bring it by. Unfortunately I can’t reveal anymore than

It is still semi-secret due to competitive reasons, but I
believe more info will be available publicly in May/June. Ask your local
Steelcase rep about it—they might be able to demo it for you, but they are keeping it under wraps, literally.

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I really hate to put up a teaser post like this, but I don’t
want to get my people in trouble. I know that someone at the Steelcase Headquarters reads my blog so let me know if I can reveal a bit more! 

ps: IDEO helped design it so you know it is awesome.


Update. Well, I had a voicemail this morning from Steelcase asking me to remove a paragraph from this post. They were nice about it and didn't say…

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January 5, 2010, 6:03 pm

Libraries As Places Where Talking is Necessary? A speculative glance at the future of voice-searching


I’m been thinking about voice lately… as in no keyboard and just talking. There is a lot of wild speculation about the new Apple tablet and how it is going to change the world. [Full disclosure, I am now officially one of those annoying Mac evangelists.  Not sure how it happened—it just kind of snuck up on me.]

Back on point.

There is hype around the idea of using voice for searching, writing, reading, scrolling, navigation, everything, and so on. This seems to be a trend that will only continue to gain momentum as the technology improves and spreads. Let’s leave aside our personal feelings (personally, I hate using the voice feature on my iPhone) and explore this a bit.

What if keyboards are on the way out? Not entirely—I mean, there is something pleasurable about sending a text or an email while you are standing on a bus or are in a crowded room. (Or even in a committee me…

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