Who’s in? Who’s out? Presence Displayed Brilliantly
I love things like this. It’s so simple, but the effect is ‘wow’. It’s also useful.
Here’s your 5-point plan to being awesome:
- Take a system where you record people’s presence in the office, along with whether they’re online, busy, away, on the phone, whatever. (in this case it’s Office Communication Server, now called Lync).
- Take photos of each person, for each status, in a roughly uniform way. For instance, back turned if offline, hand up if busy etc.
- Poll every 20 seconds, display results in a photo grid with Silverlight. On mouse over, show name and status.
- That’s it.
Something like that would be really useful for inside an organisation or department, but I think it’s also useful on an external webpage as well. Partners and customers can see if you’re around and decide whether to call or email, for instance.