Virtual (VR) and augmented (AR) reality is coming to your workplace and it’s going to have a major impact. In fact, it’s going to change the way you do business from top to bottom.
" VR is going to be an improvement on almost everything you do."
Ben Thompson, CEO Employment Hero
I’m often asked how exactly it will change the way we will go about our day to day office tasks. The answer is a lot. Indeed, some amazing tech looks set to change the way we interact with our colleagues - and how we see the world.
Technology like Microsoft’s Hololens looks set to be a major player in the office of the future but other types of technology will have an impact.
So, come with me on a walk through the office of the future – it’s going to look and feel very different to the typical workspace of today.
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As I was saying: robot receptionist. Futurist Peter Cochrane says “fully automated robotic receptionists, security scanning and real-time behavioural analysis would also include subliminal lie detection and intent prediction”.
There’s no need to be worried here. As long as you have honest intentions and don’t fail the lie-detector and security tests, you should be safely admitted into your office.
Don’t expect to see PC monitors once you get to your desk though. The desk surface itself will act as a screen and you will access your files with a swipe of your finger.
Thanks to nanopaint - a coating that can modify the properties of a surface according to user-defined parameters - this functionality could even spread to walls and ceilings, turning the entire office into an interactive visual display.
If that doesn’t sound radical enough for you, some futurists are going one step further and predicting an office with no furniture at all.
“The most radical future office forecast is that offices will have no furniture at all,” Glen Hiemstra, founder and CEO of Futurist.com told itproportal.
“Flexible nanotech can be formed into whatever you need at the moment – something to sit on, a desk, a conference table.”