Smartphones and social media have turned the world into a global village. Australians can communicate with their online neighbors in Nigeria. Icelanders can network with Hawaiians. And people in the Upper West Side can interact with those in the Upper East Side—if they want to. So if technology can bring people together from all across the globe and from all walks of life, why has it become so difficult to connect with people in our own community? Many people contend that technology has hindered the development of personal relationships and interactions, as well as the social development of our youth.
It’s becoming harder and harder to interact with people face-to-face. The majority of commuters have their headphones in, friends now text instead of calling, and a party is more commonly becoming a way to check out what’s happening on Instagram while surrounded by people doing the same. How do you strike up a casual conversation with someone who is immersed in technology? While this breakdown in physical communication is lamentable, the fact is that we are living in a digital age and technological advances will continue to permeate our society – we just need to find a way to use technology in a social way.
Instead of technology working as a barrier for human socialization, we want it to be something that brings people together. That’s why we’ve created the ConnecTable Hub. As the name indicates, the Hub is a central place for people to connect with technology, nature, AND other people, using off-grid, solar technology. The Hub’s charging output and LED lighting offers an area for universities, businesses, and community associations to host movie nights, showcase presentations, play interactive, online games, and partake in a plethora of other activities to spur the participation and socialization of its members.
The Hub is also a great place for students to bring their lunch and laptops so they can work on projects while enjoying the afternoon sun instead of studying in the dark, dusty, and often cramped library stacks. It’s also ideal for corporate employees who need to escape their cubicles and conference rooms for a breath of fresh air and some outdoor inspiration. The Hub also provides a convenient location for neighbors to catch up with one another and relax under the table’s shade, while charging their camera batteries for those precious shots of their children playing at the park.
The ConnecTable Hub offers a comfortable, convenient workstation that allows people to both interact with millions through the internet and socialize with colleagues, coworkers, and neighbors in person.
It’s our goal to help our clients put “social” back on the map, without sacrificing the work (or play) that needs to be done. Be sure to look for the ConnecTable Hub’s unveiling at this year’s AASHE Conference in Baltimore, October 9-12! For more information on availability and pricing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.