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[infosthetics @ EPFL] a light-emitting meeting table that monitors specific aspects of cverbal onversations (e.g. amount of time spent on topics or the relative amount of time a person talks) captured via directional microphones & that displays a real-time visual feedback of the conversation state using arrays of colored LED lights.

beneath the frosted-glass surface of the table, an electronic circuit board with 128 individually-addressable multi-color LEDs provides a low-resolution visual display. the "Reflect" table aims to encourage to collaborators to participate in a more balanced manner, without providing precise suggestions on what to do next.

[links: craft.epfl.ch & craft.epfl.ch (PDF)|thnkx Khaled]

see also:
. conversation table
. verbal conversation clock.




Pretty cool, but what it really needs to do is tell the quality of contribution. There are plenty of meetings where one contributes too much noise, but not enough signal.

Sat 28 Jun 2008 at 9:08 AM

out of what I understood, they are trying to accomplish this in the next phase by detecting & representing "how" people collaborate, instead of "how long".

Sat 28 Jun 2008 at 7:47 PM

edward says: "what it really needs to do is tell the quality of contribution."

does it? I mean, it'd certainly be cool, but would you really want some sort of AI algorithm judging the quality of conversers' contributions? I'd want to see some studies of real, in-situ use before guessing about what it needs. I suspect that people could do the comparison between quantity, easily judged by a computer, and quality, easily judged by a human.

Mon 30 Jun 2008 at 6:13 PM
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