Jabbrrbox Mobile Office

While the airport is never an ideal place to have an important call or concentrate on your upcoming presentation, you no longer need to have a pass to the first class lounge in order to get a little bit of peace and quiet.

Designed for today’s modern, mobile workforce, the Jabbrrbox is a private, acoustically sound booth that you can rent by the half-hour in public spaces like airports. But it’s more than just a soundproof booth with WiFi – the “box” offers flight-tracking abilities, terminal maps, adjustable lighting, and expansions like Bluetooth connectivity, a camera for video conference calls, screen sharing capabilities, and speakers for music and hands-free calling. Eight of the booths were installed earlier this year in New York’s LaGuardia Central Terminal B, marking the first public appearance of the product.

A user checking into a Jabbrrbox installation at LaGuardia Airport.

So how does it work? Users are able to access Jabbrrbox in 30 minute increments ($15 per 30 minutes) with a door passcode and WiFi password provided at the time of reservation. The company has taken several measures to ensure that a user is aware of their session length. Similar to Zipcar and WeWork set-ups, users agree to be courteous and pay a penalty for overstaying a reserved session.

Additionally, there are physical cues like a countdown clock, a change in lighting, and termination of WiFi and other amenities to let you know it’s time to wrap it up. In the next update, users will have the ability to extend a reservation.

The green light lets users know the booth is free.

Jabbrrbox was cofounded by Brian Hackathorn, a former Associate Principal at Studios Architecture, and Jeremy Jennings, an entrepreneur with a resume that includes positions at Fortune 500 businesses and commercial interiors companies. Their goal was to create a solution that would meet the demands of the mobile workplace, such as conference calls on the road and long layovers between flights.

According to Jennings, there were two main considerations for choosing the Queens airport for the first installation. “First, NYC is our hometown and we really wanted to launch somewhere we could physically be close to so that we could be on-site to see what our customers needs are, and how and why they interact with the product.” Secondly, says Jennings, was the collaboration with LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), the public-private partnership responsible for redeveloping the new terminal at LaGuardia Airport. “When LGP won the opportunity to redevelop, they looked for things that could immediately improve guest experience while they developed the master plan of the renovation. Jabbrrbox’s ‘space as service’ was something to which they immediately responded, and we could not have asked for a better partner and the initial launch is a phenomenal success.”

Jabbrrbox co-founder Jeremy Jennings.
Jabbrrbox co-founder Brian Hackathorn.

The brand will continue to expand in a variety of open and semi-public spaces including building lobbies, hospitality, conference, and more transit hubs throughout 2018.

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com. All images courtesy of Jabbrrbox.


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