AMPERSAND
Collaboration Tools of the Future
WWU ID x Anvil Studios
The future of the workplace is changing. 

How will the design process change with it?
How can we facilitate collaboration between a group of physically distanced professionals?
Workers need:
a sense of presence
evidence of contribution
quality communication
collaborative flexibility
Workers need new tools.
Ampersand
The future of workplace collaboration
Ampersand is a suite of products devoted to empowering collaboration in the workspace. By encouraging participation and communication, Ampersand brings workers together, wherever they may be. Ampersand recognizes that success in business is a product of teamwork between yourself and others. Go collaborate.
VIRTUAL
Connecting Coworkers
This application designed for clarity, productivity, and connectivity. With future workers collaborating more from home or satellite offices, the need for communication rises. It utilizes simple forms to illustrate collaboration in real time.
See when and why people are meeting
Know which coworkers are currently collaborating with a quick glance. Individual tiles move through the space as the employees complete different tasks, discussions, and meetings. Planned meetings are clearly represented with event tiles, which encourages drop-ins from others - just like in real life! These visual representations simulate the energy of a productive office atmosphere, even while working remotely.
Quickly assess what someone is doing
Status indicators encourage communication between coworkers. Symbols and visual cues let your coworkers know if you are available to collaborate, hard at work, or have stepped away for a moment. 
Click to interact and see file history
With this app, employees can be confident that even if they are working from home, their contributions are still apparent. Employers and coworkers can easily see recent file history and edits by selecting a worker’s icon.
A hub for all things work
This app has all of your most important information at your fingertips. Quickly access your files, view your schedule, and stay on top of your correspondence. This app encourages productivity and communication through simple interactions and beautiful interface. No more switching between a half dozen apps to manage your work information, it’s all here in the app hub.
Brainstorming encouraged
Digital whiteboard collaboration makes sharing ideas and collaboration even more seamless. Draw or type, and add graphics, links, photos, videos, and more, all at the same time.
Meetings and whiteboard collaboration combined
Video or voice call while using the collaborative whiteboard. All participants cans see changes and ideas coming together in real time, while giving feedback and adding input. Access the whiteboard later to review the progress made in the meeting.
COMMUNICATION
Adaptive display
Workers will often be collaborating with teammates, contractors, or clients in other locations. Conference calls within the Ampersand suite are elevated, with the help of the Communication lamp. By incorporating a transparent screen around the projector,  everyone in the conference room is able to see remote participants clearly. The screen features a conference mode for displaying the “speaker view” during video calls, as well as a diffuse screensaver.
Comprehensive view
By utilizing multiple cameras, everyone in the conference room is represented to those working remotely. Those in the conference room have the freedom to move about without concern of staying in view of their webcam. The eye-level camera placement simulates eye contact for a more natural feeling interaction. The camera is retracted when not in use, to preserve privacy and comfort. 
COLLABORATION
Smart surfaces on demand
Transform any desk or conference table into a virtual whiteboard with ease. The collaborative projectors work together to facilitate teamworking and participation. By connecting and empowering workers, the projector helps your team reach solutions faster, together.
Prepared for participation
Projectors are functional in unison and individually, allowing users to adjust to their needs and work surface. Bring a projector to meetings or collaboration sessions for quick and easy teamworking. The lightweight device is compact and ready to travel to your next meeting.
Interactive stylus
Navigate the projected workspace with the Ampersand Pen. Quickly jot down notes or drawings into the whiteboard document, alongside your teammates. The whiteboard and projectors support the use of multiple pens, meaning everyone is involved in the collaboration.
Home base
The projectors and pens rest on an induction charging dock when not in use. The devices store neatly while charging rapidly, ready to be utilized at a moment’s notice. The induction charging base can also be used to charge personal devices during collaboration sessions.
CREATION
Staying in touch
Workplaces have continuously been evolving towards higher tech solutions. As technology becomes more prevalent in our day-to-day lives, it is clear that certain senses are engaged more often than others. The amount of visual and auditory stimulus produced by popular tech products leaves many users striving for other interactions. Touch is one of our most informative and innate sensations, so shouldn’t we engage it? 
The feeling of sound
Ultrasonic feedback is achieved by using an array of ultrasonic transducers, which produce acoustic radiative forces. These acoustic forces are beyond the range of human hearing, but they are strong enough to produce complex touch sensations. Ultrasonic haptics reduce the need for more invasive or restrictive haptic actuators such as gloves and exoskeletons, allowing any user to interact with them easily.
Ultrasonic haptic transducers
Ultrasonic transducers are small, but powerful. Capable of producing detailed haptic bodies, these transducers are arrayable to any size or dimension. Human skin is sensitive a soundwaves ranging from  .04 to 500Hz, a comfortable range for peizoelectric transducers. Due to the qualities of ultrasound, this technology can also be used for detailed object scanning and movement tracking.
Customizable configurations
The tiles themselves are configurable, meaning workers may use 1, 2, or 10 tiles to fit their needs. Modular in both direction and dimension, the haptic tile can meet the demands of practically any model. Simply pair side by side, or fit the connection points together to transform into a 3-dimensional format.
Sizing options
The arrayable quality of ultrasonic projection inspires size variability in the haptic tiles. Employees have the option of a desktop tile for individual use and modeling small parts, as well as a larger tile meant for a dedicated haptic modeling zone in the office. Whatever the part, whatever the size, the Tile has your model covered.
Intuitive interface
The tile features an OLED screen covered with a lightweight, transparent fabric cover. The display includes a simple user interface for easily adjusting settings and switching modes. A wire-frame orthographic view may also be presented on each tile to communicate the forms of the model to the naked eye. 
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