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smartdesk

The singularity has four legs and is 750mm high

image of unit table

Smartdesk is an umbrella project pulling together the thinking at Opendesk about the uses of computing within our furniture. This work to date has involved many outside Opendesk and we want to continue designing smartdesk with our partners and collaborators, makers and technologists, and anyone interested in putting together tech and plywood.

The plan is to use the issues in this project freely, a bit as you would forums posts for discussion, so that anyone can participate.

We have identified four principal areas of our work that are generic and span many possible projects and desirable applications of a smart desk.

In each area we are developing specs. We are thinking about what would be most useful to provide or specify to facilitate a wide range of collaborators and diverse projects: tight enough to be useful and loose enough to be accommodating.

  • Hardware Interface - Physical integration of computing hardware into furniture.
  • Component Interface - Customisation of furniture to accommodate accessories.
  • Furniture Identity - Identity of furniture to facilitate integration of technology.
  • Project Curation - Curation of projects, software and documentation.

This repo serves as a home for the specs Opendesk are developing in each area and a point for discussion and collaboration on their development. Each has a markdown document containing the spec and an issue as a starting point for discussion. Any additional resources, designs, code binaries etc can go in the resources/* folders.

Projects

This repo will also hold some individual project resources which can be added to the projects folder rather than their own repos.

Hardware Interface

Physical integration of computing hardware into furniture.

hardware interface spec

hardware interface issue

Component Interface

Customisation of furniture to accommodate accessories.

component interface spec

component interface issue

Furniture Identity

Identity of furniture to facilitate integration of technology.

furniture identity spec

furniture identity issue

Project Curation

Curation of projects, software and documentation.

project curation spec

project curation issue

Projects

Some current projects

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