Future of Work

How to use Robin’s new search

On Tuesday we announced Search 2.0, the second iteration of Robin’s search engine. Simply put, it helps you schedule the right room, people and stuff at 10x the speed compared to the previous version.

The thinking behind the new search

Our second iteration is designed almost entirely on feedback from our v1 users. There are many tiny improvements, but a few you’ll probably care about:

  • You can browse multiple locations (e.g. Boston Office, London Outpost) at once
  • Everything is now company-centric instead of siloing by location
  • Filters: When you add filters to a search, it will order results by relevance instead of just availability
  • Results come back 10x faster (Engineering insisted we say that)

All of the same features you’ve come to rely on to manage your office are still part of Robin. This update keeps all of the key parts of search, while making it faster (and easier!) to find available space in your office.

Here are some of the most burning questions we were asked, and the answers to them.

“How can I see all my spaces at once?”

The same default search parameters are used in the new search view. Tapping Find a space will show which rooms in my default location are available today, for 30 minutes, starting now.

If you don’t have a default location set, Robin will remember the location you search most frequently, and automatically fill it in for you.

As with the old version, you can choose to view your results in list view or card view.

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“How can I view spaces in a different location?”

Search now supports multiple locations, so you could ask Robin to show available spaces on both the 21st and 22nd floors, or in both Building A and Building B. To see availability across multiple locations, just add a new tag to your search parameters.

If you’re a fan of the sidebar and want to scan spaces at a particular location, you can do that too.

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“How can I change locations?”

The updated search limits the amount of context changing within the entire interface. You can now choose which location you’d like to view details on from a dropdown menu in a single view. This location’s details will persist while you navigate the dashboard.

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“How can I view a specific space?”

As part of the overhaul, we’ve introduced the Directory. As it’s name implies, it’s a laundry list of the locations and spaces within your organization. It’s the best place to go if you’re looking to scan a list of spaces or jump to a specific space.

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Want to see more of it? Here’s a free two-week trial of Robin.