Meet Joan, she’s your digital room assistant. The Joan Meeting Room Assistant is actually a digital door label that uses e-paper (like the Amazon Kindle ereader) to post room reservation info outside an office meeting room. Joan links with your calendar so you when you schedule a meeting in a certain room Joan will display it at the door. This will prevent the horrible first world problem of meeting room squatters. You know how traumatic this problem is if you’ve ever wandered around the office trying to find an open conference room to hold a meeting, only to find rooms with people playing Pokemon Go or talking on the phone to their significant other about dinner plans. Joan solves those problems with her 6″ e-paper display, wireless connectivity and magnetic mount. The only downside is that she costs $349 each. Not a problem if you work at Harpo studios with Oprah, but for those of us in the real world, I think sticky notes are a cost effective alternative. For more info about the Joan Meeting Room Assistant, visit joanassistant.com
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