5 Tech Gadgets to Revolutionize Your Workplace
With tech pundits announcing the impending end of the smartphone era, it’s time to ready your office for what’s next. From augmented wearables to holographic touchscreens to the world’s most technologically advanced office chair, the following five gadgets could revolutionize the way you do business.
The Looking Glass—Wish you could have the benefit of 3D viewing sans the VR headset? A universal holographic touchscreen by Brooklyn-based startup, Looking Glass Factory, is the answer. The company’s newly released self-contained displays connect to computers and allow users to interact with virtual three-dimensional objects in a manner similar to using a tablet. Displays start at $600. LookingGlassFactory.com
Bird—This discreet, wearable Bluetooth device transforms any surface into an interactable screen. Pairing the Bird with a projector and a smartphone, computer or tablet, you can display and interact with content using touch, gesture control, voice command and more, from up to 100 feet away. Devices start at $249. MuvInteractive.com
The Altwork Station—This automated, rolling, multi-positional desk-and-chair combo makes standing desks look like junk from the 1970s. Designed for high-density computer users, the workstation is fully configurable, with positions ranging from standing to reclining as if in a dentist’s chair (a magnetic mouse and keyboard make the latter possible). From $5,900. Altwork.com
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation—During a work crunch, it can be hard to stay focused. Researchers with the U.S. Airforce’s applied neuroscience branch’s cognitive performance optimization section have discovered a futuristic lifehack: continuous, very low-level electrical stimulation of the left frontal cortex helped subjects stay focused for six hours without a performance drop. Though there are currently some models on the market, research is ongoing, and FDA approval has yet to be gained.
TP-Link M7650 Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot—Never again suffer crappy internet connections while on the go. Majorly fast and easy to use, the M7650 is compact enough to fit in your jacket pocket and, using advanced carrier aggregation technology, can support download speeds of up to 600 MBps—plenty enough to stream video to a tablet or laptop, or support high-quality VoLTE audio. About $180. TP-Link.com