The Connected [Work]Life

Abstract

As workstyles change to include more dynamic contexts and denser spaces, connected objects and spaces in the workplace can play a bigger role in helping people get their work done, while also helping them navigate the continually blending boundaries between work- and home lives. In this talk, we argue that the workplace is particularly well-suited for realizing the “connected life” by including both company-initiated sensing in the workplace and personal tracking devices introduced by individual workers. We describe some examples of ubiquitous sensing in the workplace, and future opportunities as well as open technical and ethical issues for designing for the connected [work]life.