Hardware that uses the chat service Slack blurs the lines between physical and digital

SlackAlert is a new addition to workplace chat platform Slack. Built by interactive agency Viget, the button enables physical interactions without having to even be in front of a screen.

Users can send and receive digital messages while on the go by simply pressing the button when in close proximity. Built via the powerful Photon development kit, a pre-programmed message will then be sent directly to fellow employees within the app. This idea has the potential to be used in emergencies, for example if someone is locked in a stairwell or more simply when they're ready for a meeting and in the appropriate room or to signal the beginning of a party.

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