The Timetable may have been invented as a means to improve efficiency in the office, but this productivity-enforcing table could change the way we eat.
Designed by ico Design Consultancy in collaboration with Sidekick Studios for the advertising agency Wieden and Kennedy London, the Timetable features a countdown timer in conjunction with visual clues, all for the purpose of increasing productivity during meetings. After setting the countdown timer, a series of illuminated panels keeps everybody on their toes as they slowly switch off. When the last light turns off, a preprogrammed voice tells everybody the meeting is over and itâ€™s time to get out. Actually, it politely says, â€œThis meeting is now complete, please leave the room in an orderly fashionâ€, but the message is clear: Get. Out.
For restaurant or home use, the table makes it clear when itâ€™s time to leave. Diners or guests are freed from the responsibility of social cues to determine their slowly diminishing level of welcome-ness. I doubt any restaurant that would employ such bold means of rushing diners out the door is going to have much repeat business, but despite their rapidly-evaporating Yelp ratings, the Timetable may have a positive function. When the meal is done and diners sit around awkwardly waiting for the bill, diners could (ahem) turn the tables and hurry that process along.
(Via Oh Gizmo!)