3 tech trends you missed at NeoCon 2014
North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors isn’t all about chairs, tables and textiles. While these are essential in the creation of beautiful and practical workspaces, the technology landscape of the office shouldn’t be forgotten.
The exhibitors at this year’s conference kept workspace technology top of mind and displayed some savvy tech tools.
In case you missed it, check out three tech trends you may want to consider in your own workspace.
1. Visual collaborative workspaces: ThinkHub
Collaboration. Connectivity. Productivity. As members of the professional community, we are constantly reminded of the importance of these elements in the workplace. Designers continue to seek to understand how workspaces can help increase productivity, and office environments have adapted to the increasing need for connectivity and simpler collaboration.
A recent partnership between T1Vision’s ThinkHub and OFS Brands’ Slate have merged two tools to create a highly effective collaborative environment that’s meant to address this concern.
Have you ever been frustrated trying to organize and share documents for a complex collaborative project? ThinkHub allows you and your team to keep all of your documents in one central location — a multi-touch wall that can be manipulated by its users in real time. Even more, the technology is accessible on multiple devices, including laptops, tablets and smart phones, and it updates in real time.
The ThinkHub application is displayed on a 55” interactive wall within OFS Brand’s Slate product line, an open area environment meant for collaborative work.
The tool is surely the wave of the future and has the potential to revolutionize the way we connect and work together. It has productivity written all over it.
2. Smart desk: Stir Kinetic Desk
The health and fitness craze doesn’t stop at the gym anymore. The newest trends in personal wellness have been materialized in wearable technology like FitBit, Jawbone, Nike Fuel Bands — and your desk? Yes, you read that correctly. Now your desk gets to join in the fun to keep you active, healthy and focused The Stir Kinetic Desk won the gold award at NeoCon this year in the category for integrated technology. Essentially, the product is a height-adjustable work surface driven by software that learns your work patterns, remembers your preferences and lets you know if you’re not moving enough. It is designed to cure “sitting disease” and keep you inspired at the one location where you might spend most of your day. Additional capabilities include wireless, Bluetooth and tracking of calories burned. Go ahead, give your desk a job.
3. Smart sound masking: LogiSon TARGET
At the mention of “sound masking,” you might be tempted to dismiss it from any discussion about high-tech tools in the workplace, but think again. LogiSon Acoustic Network introduced LogiSon TARGET at NeoCon this year and won silver in the workplace technologies category for the innovation. Keeping with the trend of devices that learn and adapt to the preferences of the user, LogiSon TARGET does exactly that. It recognizes that in order to be cost-effective, sound masking does not necessarily need to stay at one consistent level in the office. TARGET is actually an acronym: test, adjust, report and get results. This means that the sound-masking technology uses hardware and software that work to efficiently achieve the desired level of speech privacy and noise control. In the end, it’s an essential piece of the puzzle to help you focus at the office.