Sensors are starting to be placed everywhere: in our cars, on the roads we drive them on, in wearable devices and more. They are becoming significantly more affordable, and smaller and smaller – even to the point where they go unnoticed. Why are sensors so great? Because they provide us with A TON of data, giving us feedback and information about whatever we are using the sensors to measure – from human senses to room temperature. In the case of future meetings, we will use sensors to measure the room, and measure the audience. They will be used to measure the audience’s eye movements, heart rates and even stress levels. They will measure the temperature of the room, and even the humidity level. This means an end to all hot, muggy meeting rooms. We all know the feeling when 30 people are trapped in a small room in suits for 3 hours, and it gets hot and stuffy. These sensors will soon tell us when this is starting to happen, so it can be fixed before it ever reaches this point. But more importantly, it will tell us a lot about our audience, to help keep them engaged. The sensors will collect data on heart rates, eye movements etc. which will tell us things like: if they are bored, if they are beyond bored, and sleepy, if they are too hot, if they are excited, if they are nervous and more. The best part of all of this is, the data will be relayed to us constantly; we will get real-time data, so we can make adjustments quickly. If a panelist is boring the audience, the moderator can jump in and cut their time off, or ask an interesting question. If the audience is getting tired, they can invite some questions, break into small groups, or do an activity to get them up and moving. Ultimately, all of this will ensure a bright future for our (now boring and disengaging) meetings.
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