Stuck in a meeting? Daydream about the conference room of the future
Minority report office screens and automated plugs and lighting to save energy are all coming to the office space
It may seem that meetings are consuming your working life. Surely, in this modern day and age, there is something that could jazz up those dull and dreary 4pms.
Conferencing tech firm Oblong Industries has predicted what the meeting of the future could hold. Techworld takes a look at what you can expect in the not so distant future across all aspects of the office including connected products, wireless chargers and phone-to-screen streaming.
1. 1. Multiple screens
As large HD screens drop in price, conference rooms will have multiple screens to create a more interactive presentation environment, Oblong says. Meeting leaders will be able to move and control presentations through their devices or even through gesture.
2. 2. Sharing from afar
New conferencing technology lets multiple devices to connect from remote locations. One innovative way of pulling this all together can be seen in the graphic design space, which has been targeted by HP for its new Sprout, a 3D scanning desktop PC that allows you to use holograms and cameras to upload and edit a 3D object from different locations.
3. 3. The death knell for PowerPoint?
Information in PowerPoint is pretty linear. New technology like Intel’s Wi-Di, which lets you stream from your smartphone or device means you can easily share videos or documents.
4. 4. Never take another note
Cameras capturing images of notes taken on whiteboards will be the norm, Oblong says.
5. 5. Monitor your office electricity
The D-Link Enabled Wi-Fi Smart Plug lets you monitor your energy usage online, and allows you to switch off plugs that may have been left by employees over night to save electricity. Manufacturer Belkin offers a similar product.
Similarly to connected home products, the office has a lot to gain from lighting automation too. Belkin also has a controlled lighting kit as well as Philips Hue.
6. 6. Wireless charging
Ikea have announced they will be producing wireless charging furniture. But for the office, you can expect Powermat or Aircharge appliances to begin to make more of an appearance. Aircharge has a charging station embedded into a handy tray that employees could use.
7. 7. Gamification
Already a tried and tested method amongst sales teams, gamification is fast becoming a tool for IT teams to get employees on board with new IT systems. Screens displaying office social media points or candy-crush style leaderboards may be the norm.
8. 8. Hot-desking
Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer famously put an end to the search giant’s work from home rules, stating that people were more productive when they were working together. Despite the ever-decreasing office space and improvements in technology to allow at-home working, popularity in methods like Agile and Scrum may put an end to the practice.