Room for Zoom booths in an office.
  • New York-based prefab office pod maker Room is working with Zoom and HP to create the Room for Zoom.
  • Room for Zoom is a soundproof office pod designed for video conferencing.
  • The modular almost $17,000 (around R240,970) workspace can be assembled within a few hours.
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Most people probably associate using Zoom with working from home.

Room for Zoom booths in an office.

But one New York-based company is banking on the continued use of the video conferencing platform even after we all return to an office, hybrid or not: Room.

A Room for Zoom booth.

Room specialises in creating prefabricated work pods - such as phone booths and meeting rooms - for office spaces.

Room booths in an office.

And now, with the help of Zoom and HP, the company is expanding its product lineup to include an enclosed booth built just for Zoom calls.

Room for Zoom booths in an office.

A booth designed specifically for Zoom meetings may seem unusually specific.

A Room for Zoom booth.

But according to Morten Meisner-Jensen, the co-founder of Room, customers have been requesting an office space designed specifically for video meetings, Morten Meisner-Jensen told Katie Deighton for the Wall Street Journal.

A Room for Zoom booth.

"When it comes to discussing the post-pandemic office, the one thing that has universal agreement is that video conferencing is here to stay," Brian Chen, Room's co-founder and CEO, said in a press release.

A Room for Zoom booth.

The Room for Zoom combines Room's existing "Focus Room" booth with a webcam and a 27-inch HP PC touchscreen pre-downloaded with Zoom Rooms.

A Room for Zoom booth.

The company's soundproofed booth has also been upgraded with two dimmable LED light strips for brighter video calls.

A Room for Zoom booth.

The Room for Zoom will also come with a height-adjustable desk, power sources, a skylight, and air ventilation and fan system...

A Room for Zoom booth.

… as well as little knickknacks that make the space feel more productive, such as a whiteboard and storage for personal belongings.

A Room for Zoom booth.

Plus, setting up the Room for Zoom is fast and easy, according to the company.

Room for Zoom booths in an office.

The booth comes flat packed and can be built within a few hours. And because it's modular, the Room for Zoom can be moved around to different parts of the office.

A Room for Zoom booth.

A unit starts at $16,995 (around R249,996), which is more expensive than the almost $15,000 (around R220,650) Focus Room.

Room for Zoom booths in an office.

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