At the moment, your meeting room space probably consists of your laptop, a projector, and whiteboard and some writing materials. If you’re lucky, it might contain some form of innovative video conferencing hardware. However, just like your office, this is all going to change.
If you think back to your first position in the office, (this may differ for some!) you won’t have had a laptop, or perhaps even a computer. Your projector probably had a mirror on it to reflect your printout onto the wall, and video conferencing software was for the big boys of the business world. So unless you worked for a big corporation, you may not have experienced the first prototypes of video conferencing. You weren’t missing out on anything though, trying to have a flowing conversation was like pulling teeth, much unlike the general, easy-to-use Skype software we’re used to today.
So where does this lead us now? It’s 2015, IoT is taking technology to incredible new heights, and for once it seems we in the office are almost struggling to keep up with the new innovative tech that is being created everyday, rather than it keeping up with us. We see technology in the movies that seems decades away from where we’re at now, but really these products could be just around the corner. An example of this is touch sensitive holograms being used to design and form a product. Special effects in the Iron Man films show us exactly what holograms could be potentially used for. Take a look at the clip below from the film to see what we mean. It’s truly extraordinary to think that, in less than 10 years time this could be something that is used in creative studios, or design offices. It could be used in architecture, to show the scale of a building, or even designing the inner workings of a machine. The possibilities are endless.
Another example of tech that you may think is years ahead of us is robots. The robots you’ve probably seen have walked up stairs, maybe caught a ball, all remotely being controlled. But the technology has been altered to allow no remote control, but your own body. Start-ups such as The Open Hand project are working on prosthetic hands, but at a lower price using 3D printing with plastics. (3D printing is another example of future tech being available now!) This technology is currently being used in this way, but in the future, what’s to stop you having a robot on your desk, to help you with certain tasks in a few years? Perhaps you’re working with a delicate product, and you need two hands to work on a small part of it. You could have a robot holding the product, turning, moving when you need it to. All controlled by sensors attached to you body, meaning you are the remote.
Everything is changing, and your meeting rooms will be next. Previously thought of as out of reach, this futuristic technology is coming to the workplace, and the benefits it shall bring will be incredible.