leap in time Lab
Unique Location for Events.
Reflection-Space for Top-Executives.
European Hub for Management Research.
The leap in time lab is rented out to people and entities from economy, politics and research. From evening events to strategy off-sites up to leadership trainings and research summits the leap in time lab offers a special setting for up to 45 participants. Robots, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, smart table, virtual/augmented reality and much more are what you can experience in the lab. Guided technology tours and key notes can optionally be booked via leap in time.
Flyer about the leap in time Lab
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Working worlds of the future
The leap in time Lab, that has been installed in January 2016, exhibits three future working worlds:
Working world I – promote agile working through „Activity-based Working“
The working world “Activity-based Working“ represents an open space concept and supports knowledge workers to complete various daily tasks in different work settings. Conceptual or concentrated work can be done in quiet zones. Meetings can be conducted around the Smart Table or in our team meeting area where our humanoid robot colleagues René and Robin Pepper might support you. For more routinized work, workers can use the shared desk setting. In this setting, work is not restricted to a specific space. Rather, it allows workers to chose their preferred setting that supports their work best.
Sample tasks: strategy formulation, sales channel development
Working world II – increase creativity in the Work & Play Setting
The working world „Work & Play“ relies on the principle of playful learning. The goal is to achieve kind of an “intellectual relaxation“ of the workers with the purpose to maximize their creativity and readiness to try out new things and to think out of the box. The physical equipment is rather unconventional: hammocs, table socker, and climbing facilities can be found here. Our 3D-printer and the 3D-pen encourages prototyping of the ideas. The major difference toward the other two working worlds is that the workers need to shape their own work setting (by arranging furniture etc.) before they start their creative work.
Sample tasks: new product/service development, business model generation
Working world III – maximize flexibility in our Smart Living & Working setting
In contrast to the other two working worlds, the working world „Smart Living & Working“ is located in the workers‘ private sphere and allows you to experience how decentralized working will occur in the future. Microsoft (2015) recently claimed that already by 2020, more than 40 percent of the knowledge workers will work as independent workers. These workers work independently by offerering their work in plattforms rather than for a specific firm. Aiming at maximum flexibility in terms of the job location and the work time, this working world supports work from the private sphere and therefore allows an improved integration of the private and the professional life. This work setting enables knowledge workers to integrate various things in a most flexible manner, such as work and relaxation (e.g., by working from your bed or a hammock) or work and sports (e.g., by the table tennis office table or the table treadmill). It also allows you to integrate and quantify your work and private life (e.g., through your job and private dashboard containing various professional and private key performance indicators).
Sample tasks: work from home, E-Lancers, independent workers, entrepreneurs
Projects about Innovation and the Future of Work
- Smart Table – Interactive digital Working of the Future
In a joint project with Professor Dr. Max Mühlhäuser, Director of the Institute Telecooperation at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (www.tk.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de) and Vario Office Furniture (www.vario.com), we develop a new and extended version of the „Smart Table“, that allows interactive and digital working of the future. Flexible Working Worlds, supported by Vario-Office Furniture, can be experienced in the leap in time Lab.
- Intelligent Lighting and Sustainability – A Way to Your Competitive Advantage in the Future
Together with W-tec AG (www.wtec.ag), we test and examine new and sustainable lighting technologies. The lighting concept of the future does not know light switches – it automatically adapts to the environmental, natural light. Fascinating: The average energy use is about 80 percent below conventional lighting technologies. Learn more about this unique light concept in our leap in time Lab. The concept was honored by the „Smart Award 2016“ by the Hessen Minister of Science Boris Rhein.
- Services of the Future – „Digitalization of Services“
In joint research with Taunussparkasse Bad Homburg (www.taunussparkasse.de), we investigate services of the future. Hereby, we particularly focus on the digitalization of services. For example, we test how service robots will change the service delivery of the future.