Whether it is related to work or pleasure or everything personal, today’s modern tech-savvy world speaks of portable and light-weight devices, connection to the external world and comfort along with ease of use. Therefore, as an individual who needs to move around frequently, I was thinking through the my basic needs that will make my life easy and yet meet the demands of office work. The thought actually triggered off when one of my friends posted in Facebook on the unfortunate closure of a very popular entertainment retail chain in Kolkata viz. Music World. That particular store in Park Street was really the first major exposure in Kolkata to having a good ‘experience’ while exploring CD’s, DVD’s all under one roof equipped with free listening and very friendly staff helping out customers. As is true across similar retailers in countries like UK, technology bring in competition people never thought off even few years ago. However, that’s another topic to discuss another time.
Today’s modern world is all about connectivity, cloud and mobility. Now you need high speed internet (even if you are travelling) at a very affordable price and devices that can ‘tap’ the ever-presence powerful ethereal internet hanging in the air. So, the first thing that you desire for is wi-fi that can boast of high speeds at a low cost or powerful mobile networks capable of doing the same (but they are still quite costly). To me, this should be considered under the definition of ‘basic infrastructure’ needed in any city.
For users like me, gone are those days when you needed big, heavy desktops or laptops to perform office functions or personal work. You need those applications available to the users without any local installations and hence you can actually shrink down the sizes of the devices. All you need are applications hosted up in the cloud and access of the same through high speed internet. And of course, you will be thrilled if you don’t have to carry those heavy laptops – instead take some small devices (not “too small” to my liking) which can host some applications to connect to the cloud and use them on an ‘on-demand’ basis.
Frankly, I am currently writing this using all the above combinations through a very portable ‘mini-tab’ equipped with a similar sized Bluetooth connected keyboard (for ease of typing), calling the application for this blog through the cloud and using the wi-fi services to post my data to the external world.
The basic demands of human beings change from generation after generation … and as we still fight for food-clothing-shelter, the current and coming generations will start demanding for connectivity-cloud-mobility more and more.
If you see the above picture, this actually shows a fantastic innovation where from a device, you are getting a virtual key board appearing on any flat surface, which can communicate with a mobile and hence help in faster, easier usage just like a full-fledged QWERTY keyboard.
I personally believe that the definition of a “conventional” office is under threat – office can now mean any place in the world, whether you are at your home, or in a multiplex, or in a restaurant or even your toilet :-) All that is possible just because of the innovations like what is depicted in the picture and the huge advancement of technology in the mobile / smart phone arena.
I think the following parameters will transform how we define ‘work’ – whether in offices or even how we do our personal work :
– speedy access to internet with adequate bandwidth through 3G, 4G, 5G’s
– advancement of cloud usage, whether in private of public domain
– enhanced security issues surrounding internet access, specially from a cloud perspective
– growth of battery back-up innovations – smaller, lighter batteries with lot of back-up power
– finally the innovations as depicted in the picture which will ease usage of typing, editing, reviewing, presenting through virtual screens, keyboards, etc
The usage of smart-phones have increased many folds and that has made life quite easy and accessible. You can remain connected, write mails or posts (like what I am doing now) on the fly, video calls with friends, relatives, clients; doing online transactions – whether be it buying some stocks or transferring money from your bank account to your parents; buy tickets to the latest destination or the recent movie; play games and relax when you want to, chat with friends located thousands of miles away from you; check the latest score by watching live TV; checking on breaking news; etc, etc. You can do all this NOW !
With the maturity and innovative developments, I am sure very soon you can review complicated power point presentations or documents on a ‘big’ virtual screen with a full QWERTY ‘virtual’ keyboard even though your mobile screen is very very small. You should be able to perform video conferences with multiple people without worrying about speed, battery back-up. We are in the middle of this transformation and anyone who is working in mobile technology or others who are associated with anything that’s mobile (like me, as an user) are witness to a major global revolution !
The world will be all mobile ! And very soon …
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