NeoCon 2013 featured a presentation yesterday by Steve South of Perkins+Will who presented “The Future of Technology and Social Media Within the Workplace”. While the presentation itself was extremely brief, the content was interesting and worth attending – if only for the futuristic jargon alone.
However, as South spoke about some of the future trends, it was interesting how many were focused on ergonomics and customization of environments and services to individuals’ preferences. While the talk focused primarily on how this affected the workplace and travel services, all the trends tied very much into this week’s theme of hospitality design.
One of my favorite hospitality trends South mentioned, was coined “Engineered Serendipity”; a way to connect people with similar backgrounds, interests, or experiences. It could also track preferences for guests that are ergonomic or aesthetic in nature. So, like a mind reader, your hotel would know how you like your climate control settings, your drink order, and suggestions for dinner reservations.
Here is an expert from a Microsoft Office video South showed during the presentation that is certainly worth watching. It is worth noting how heavily glass and smooth surfaces factor into these futuristic visions of the world to come.