WeWork Debuts The AI Desk
WeWork is trailling artificial intelligence in New York which is "at the convergence of AI and office furniture," We Work European Transactions Director Mary Finnigan said at the Bisnow Manchester State of the Market event.
"This comes out of the analytics we've done on our spaces," Finnigan said. "What we've developed in some locations in New York is the ability that as you approach your desk, the desk will recognise you via a phone app, will raise the desk to the right height, will know if you prefer standing or sitting desks, and will adapt the temperature or lighting according to how you customised the app.
"So it's about customising spaces to suit our members, whilst recognising that different people can come in and out of the space on a regular basis."
The coworking giant has been using Amazon's Alexa for Business platform exploring what would happen if Alexa was not tied to physical spaces, but to individuals. Testing has been taking place at their Chelsea, New York, base, TechCrunch reported in November.
According to TechCrunch, the aim is to make any desk, anywhere in the world, suit the unique user, using the Alexa iPhone app, rather than needing to use Echo in the same room.
The development comes out of wider work on data analytics. "We’ve used our experience from our 250 locations to make the design of each space community-driven," Finnigan said.
"So we’ll use data from previous build-outs right down to where we put an armchair or a beer tap to encourage communication, and that is all done with the aim of facilitating community and members doing business with each other."