Gadgets That Improve Your Office Unimaginably
To the people who say that we’re overloaded with gadgets, I say no, sir, no. Gadgets in the office are what make our office space a little more human. And they can help get work done faster and better.
Many offices are still back in the stone age. They’re chock full of paper. There’s a log-jam at the printer. And the computers and whirring like old beggars because the bearing in their fans is utterly knackered from 10 years of continuous use.
There’s no need to punish yourself and remain in this dark time. The future is bright. And it’s full of gadgets.
Google, you might say, is a rather innovative company. And although the didn’t invent the laptop-tablet hybrid concept, they certainly implemented it well. The Google Chromebook makes a great addition to any office, thanks to its extreme versatility. But the Pixel C variety actually has the detachable table.
The concept is underreported, but it’s clearly here to say. You want a physical keyboard whilst you’re in the office so you can rattle out emails as fast as possible. But you also want the freedom of a tablet for meetings whilst you’re away from your desk. Heck, with a Chromebook Pixel C, you can even take your tablet on a walking meeting.
Widescreen, HDR Monitors
If you’re in the business of graphical design, or even in video editing, a large computer monitor can really come in handy. The monitor market has really gone into high gear over the last two years. We’re probably seen more innovation in monitor technology in the last 2 years than we’ve seen in the last ten.
There is a confluence of technologies now emerging that look set to transform the way we interact with panels in general. One innovation that it particularly important in the world of graphical design is HDR or High Dynamic Range. HDR basically means that the screen is able to display a wider and richer array of colours. That means brighter whites, deeper blacks and everything in between.
Up until this point, computer monitors have struggled to reproduce reality in all its glory. It’s meant that graphic designers haven’t been able to interact with colours in a way that feels true to life. Thus, there have been compromises. But with HDR, monitors are able to do a lot better and get far closer to depicting reality than their standard dynamic range counterparts.
But monitors have also developed in other ways that promise to boost productivity. We’re seeing the rise of 21:9 aspect ratio monitors throughout the market, which sport 3440 horizontal pixels. These extra horizontal pixels mean that you can work on three documents at once or get rid of that annoying second monitor. For video editors, it means less time spent scrolling through your video-editing timeline.
For a lot of industries involved in designing new concepts, there’s still nothing that beats brush and art pad. The problem comes when you ultimately want to digitise your work. Convention scanners are small. So you either have to scale down your work to fit the scanner, or scan it in sections and attempt to stitch it together afterwards. And this doesn’t always work.
Having an art scanner in the office can be a godsend. Manufacturers know the problems faced by artists and they know that a major stumbling block for scanners is their size.
Fortunately, you can now get scanners for images up to 56 inches from companies like Colortrac. Most scanners are also bundled with the helpful colour matching software. It all adds up to a far better office experience for the artists. 56 inches is far less restrictive than regular scanners.
Thanks to technologies like AI, conference cameras are now far more useful than before. Just like your smartphone camera, they’re able to work out whether there is a face in their view and then focus in on that face.
Plus many conference cameras are now widescreen. It means you’re no longer constricted to having meetings one-on-one. Other team members can join you, naturally, in front of the camera. And the camera will capture them in the picture, just like your eyes would naturally if the person was sitting right in front of you.
From a design perspective, conference cameras are extremely useful. Because they offer a wider field of view than a regular camera, they open up a whole range of possibilities. They allow you to demo work with clients. And they allow you to demonstrate concepts in a way that would be unnatural on a regular box-shaped webcam.