How's this for a new way to foster office camaraderie: A networked coffee pot. Ichiro Shiio, an associate professor of human-computer interaction at Tamagawa University in Tokyo, dubbed his invention the Meeting Pot.
When someone starts a brew, the pot informs coworkers by E-mail, a Web page update, or wirelessly activated desktop boxes with fans that blow out the aroma of instant coffee powder. "This encourages informal communi-cations at the office," Shiio's Web site says.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.