Tech Shaping the Office of the Future
Technology is getting smarter ΓÇô but how will it affect the office of the future? We take a look at a few devices which could become part of daily life in the workplace.
The LeapMotion is a 3D motion controller which allows you to control your computer without having to touch a single button or even a touchscreen. Instead, it uses your hand and finger movements to control the screen. Imagine your desk without a keyboard or mouse ΓÇô although youΓÇÖll need all that extra room for the arm movements necessary to operate your screen.
GoogleΓÇÖs augmented reality specs are voice operated, allowing you to do everything from sending a message to live-streaming a video of your world, exactly as youΓÇÖre seeing it. From an office point of view, it can translate your voice into different languages, and provide almost instant answers to questions about currency exchange and time zones.
TheyΓÇÖre not on sale yet, but Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is rumoured to be on the waiting list.
Beam Remote Presence
If you think the Beam Remote Presence looks familiar, itΓÇÖs because an early prototype appeared on the Big Bang Theory. Just like Sheldon in BBT, remote-working employees can control the Beam device via their computer, moving it around the office and having ΓÇÿface-to-faceΓÇÖ conversations with co-workers.
ItΓÇÖs a smart idea, but there is something a little surreal about seeing your colleagueΓÇÖs face floating atop a structure which bears more than a passing resemblance to an upright lawn-mower. That said, like most cutting-edge technology, weΓÇÖre sure weΓÇÖll get used to it.
What do you think? Could you imagine using any of these technologies at work? Tell us in the comments below.
Images (from top to bottom) courtesy of: LeapMotion, Suitable Technologies, and Antonio Zugaldia via Flickr.