ICE – Interactive Collaborative Environments

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Construction & Built Environment, Creative Industries, Information & Communications Technologies

About Opportunity

The ICE design philosophy is driven by the belief that collaborative environments must allow the free flow of ideas between people whilst maintaining a browsable history and formalisation of any process that takes place.  

5 HD multitouch LCDs surround a custom designed 110" multitouch table which forms a fully interactive, orientation independent, multi-user surface which allows for total room control as well as interactivity with all other screens, web and file browsing, interactive maps and multiple other applications. The table can recognise and interact with objects placed on its surface such as smart phones, tablets or books using infra red fiducial markers. The table serves as the room hub and has a patch panel on either side for people to plug in usb flash drives, cameras or their laptops for display on any screen.

The ICE surfaces can also be controlled by wireless keyboards and the display of any laptop, iPhone or iPad can be easily and wirelessly sent to any screen as well as the room’s surround sound system. Every wall surface within the ICE can be written on and serves as a whiteboard with a twist, anything written on them is automatically digitally captured for easy storage and distribution. 

Remote participation in a collaboration session is effortless and powerful with 3 HD webcams, 6 ceiling mics and 5.1 surround sound providing high quality video and teleconferencing capabilities plus interactive screen-sharing for up to 16 remote participants via cross platform and device services (eg Skype, GoToMeeting, Webex), perfect for shared experiences of reviewing documents, plans, websites and presentations.

The Future Interactions Group, part of IIDI’s Centre for Interaction Design, provide consultancy, design and development services for the implementation and installation of similar spaces to many industrial and government clients including Astra Zeneca, Enquest, Logica, Standard Life and Blue Rubicon. 

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Key Benefits

  • The compelling problem that is addressed by this technology is the need for business to collaborate effectively and efficiently. Collaboration is key to improved business development and organizations are striving to become global entities by working together across time zones, distances, and organizational and business boundaries to improve the utilization of their resources.
  • Collaboration is key to improved business development and organizations are striving to become global entities by working together across time zones, distances, and organizational and business boundaries to improve the utilization of their resources.
  • Businesses have a real and present need to improve their ability to collaborate effectively while paying heed to the requirement to decrease costs, become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint.
  • ICE's address this market need. Remote collaboration can be difficult, typically using the limited collaborative capabilities of traditional video conferencing, email or shared websites.
  • ICE's enable true interactive, shared environments distributed across

Applications

  • Local and remote collaboration sessions
  • Meetings and reviews
  • Video-conferencing
  • Crisis management

IP Status

The ICE is available for hire or if you are interested in collaborative research or consultancy for your organisation, full consultancy, design, development and installation services are available to develop similar spaces. Current and previous clients include Astra Zeneca, Blue Rubicon and Logica.

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  • Interaction Design
    Interaction Design is concerned with the design of interactive objects and spaces and with the delivery of high quality user experiences (UX). For example, expressive interaction describes the range of new forms of human-computer interaction that are made available through technologies based on...
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