Convertible Podium

The Convertible Podium is an experiment in smart furniture for the workplace. Designed as a central control station for rich media in next-generation conference rooms, it integrates flexible control systems for multimedia software and hardware, and is designed for use in rooms with multiple screens, multiple media sources and multiple distribution channels.

As the use of rich media in mobile devices and smart environments becomes more sophisticated, so must the design of the everyday objects used as controllers and interfaces. Many new interfaces simply tack electronic systems onto existing forms. However, an original physical design for a smart artifact, that integrates new systems as part of the form of the device, can enhance the end-use experience. The Convertible Podium is an experiment in the design of a smart artifact with complex integrated systems for the use of rich media in meeting rooms. It combines the highly designed look and feel of a modern lectern with systems that allow it to serve as a central control station for rich media manipulation. The interface emphasizes tangibility and ease of use in controlling multiple screens, multiple media sources (including mobile devices) and multiple distribution channels, and in managing both data and personal representation in remote telepresence.

For more information, contact Maribeth Back at back@fxpal.com.


The final built version of the Convertible Poduim.

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