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Future Technologies to Empower Smart Office: What to Expect

Imagine a day on your office where the lights, laptops, and other computing peripherals are turned on on their own the moment you step inside. While you are browsing through emails, the coffee machine makes your favorite double espresso and an office robot assistant asks if you need any help. Or, you are queuing in a capsule-style lounge room waiting to get beamed directly to your office. All of these things may sound like something from sci-fi movies or merely wild imagination. But hey, they said invention is not only born out of necessities or curiosity but also imagination. If you can imagine, then it may happen sometime in the future. Smart office, for example, may not that far-fetched if you consider such rapid advancement in technology these days. Automation is everywhere and it may just be the matter of time before anything previously not possible or not yet exist come into light in the future. For the meantime, let's take our time to have a look on some future technologies which will empower smart office and what to expect from an state-of-art workplace.

Touch and Gesture Driven Devices

Imagine a day on your office where the lights, laptops, and other computing peripherals are turned on on their own the moment you step inside. While you are browsing through emails, the coffee machine makes your favorite double espresso and an office robot assistant asks if you need any help. Or, you are queuing in a capsule-style lounge room waiting to get beamed directly to your office. All of these things may sound like something from sci-fi movies or merely wild imagination. But hey, they said invention is not only born out of necessities or curiosity but also imagination. If you can imagine, then it may happen sometime in the future. Smart office, for example, may not that far-fetched if you consider such rapid advancement in technology these days. Automation is everywhere and it may just be the matter of time before anything previously not possible or not yet exist come into light in the future. For the meantime, let's take our time to have a look on some future technologies which will empower smart office and what to expect from an state-of-art workplace.

Touch and Gesture Driven Devices

A world is at your fingertips is perhaps a phrase you have heard thousand times already in marketing material of new devices featuring touch interface or controls. In fact, it is only expected that a lot of future technologies will integrate touch and gesture functionalities to drive more intuitive interaction and simple user experience. In terms of smart office, you may already taste the a little bit of those future technologies with the touch-based Windows 8 operating system and their derivative hybrid or full touch notebooks. No longer you have to fiddle around with traditional input like keyboard or mouse. Instead, you can totally focus on your work and practically get things done in some flick of fingers or even making simple gestures such as waving at your screen. Or, it may also be possible to have holographic screen to help you doing presentation without not even a single of button. By featuring touch interface and gesture-based controls, users can interact with the technology in most natural way possible as they have been with other daily activities. And it goes without saying that the application of this technology in smart office will also provide great boost in terms of work productivity while streamlining and accelerating the work flow. As Apple said it, there's an app for everything and so a day may come where you are counting on apps for doing the work in the so-called smart office.

Smart Wearable Devices for Enhanced Reality

You guess it right since we are talking about Google Glass. Other possible future technologies to empower smart office is some devices which is integrated with data center and multimedia capabilities to help we retrieve any information needed anywhere and anytime and easily share them too. Google Glass is just a perfect example of such kind of future technologies which offers some cool features including capturing photo directly and providing real-time overlay information on anything we see with the glass. For those into the augmented reality, Google Glass works with the similar concept of enriching your vision on reality by adding extra information about them. In the future, they may use other objects beside the glass to give you the same advanced experience. For example, some tiny sensors to be permanently worn like accessories and can last very long. The reason behind why such future technologies will be something wearable because it virtually eliminates the need to take anything with you. On different note, there is high possibility that those cutting-edge devices will use human senses to enhance overall experience. See, we are telling you the truth that your smart office might just be around in the next two or three years.

Sensor-based Automation

Automation is here to stay and future technologies may simply offer deeper integration by leveraging on five human senses. All of the systems and equipments in the smart office may use advanced sensors to detect your identity or command and responds accordingly. One easy example is iris-authentication sensor to enter the office instead of fingers. Right now, you can see voice recognition or facial recognition feature almost everywhere with smart devices such as Smart TV, notebooks, smartphones and tablets. With the sensor-based automation system, users will be able to finish their jobs in shorter time as everything is set automatically and they do not have go through hassle to set any preferences in any systems. Plus, there will be a lot of extra functionalities within these future technologies to keep you productive anywhere and anytime. For example, microphone in your meeting room can integrate text to translation or speech recognition feature which intelligently records any data or details and stored them to the matching applications for later review or shared between participants.

3D Printing

3D Printing is not necessarily new to be categorized as future technologies but when it comes to empowering smart office, it surely will do. In fact, 3D printing is on its way to both smart office and smart home, even commercial applications. 3D Printing in smart office will especially come handy for users to do new product presentation by actually providing the three dimensional product model when and where needed. With 3D objects, clients or partners can better assess the value of the product or if it worth their investment. As in other application such as design interior or building construction, 3D printing can help to get better picture and accurate representation of the actual building. In general, it can also help you to equip your smart office with other cutting-edge installation like audio visual system. And believe it or not, 3D printing can help organizations to save money in R&D department for it allows you to create custom objects without spending on costly manufacturing with conventional technology. All you have to do is get the design done and print the product at an instant.

I, Robot

While there have been a lot of research and development on robots to help human doing things such as household or structured tasks, robot, artificial intelligence, and similar type of future technologies are not ready for the mainstream application yet. If you happen to watch I, Robot movie, yes you can definitely relate such portrait of robot role in human life in the future. Created in the first place to help human doing their jobs more easily or faster, robot as future technologies also offer the opportunity for organization or companies to minimize inefficiency and accelerate some tasks done by human workers.

(Date: 24 May 2013; Lidya)

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