CES 2015: Four ways tech will change the way you work
What’s next for technology? At CES 2015, companies from around the world have been gathering to answer that very question. The O2 Gurus have scoured the show and come up with four tech developments that are going to change the way you work forever.
No more plugs
Imagine a world where you don’t need a single wire or plug – not even your charger. It’s closer than you might think. Wireless power charges your tech through the air – think of it as Wi-Fi for electricity – and it took a huge step closer to reality at CES.
That’s because a group of major manufacturers agreed to work to the same standards for wireless power, so all your devices should be compatible with the same wireless power systems when they finally launch in the next couple of years. It’s particularly great news for those who work on the go – no more taking your charger to the offices, cafe, train or, well, anywhere!
Smaller, faster, more powerful gadgets
Processor chips may not sound like the most exciting things to see at a tech show like CES, but Intel’s latest batch mean big things for your future laptops and tablets. The new processors will boost battery life by up to 30% – which should help keep you going until wireless charging becomes standard – as well as improving graphics and performance even on lower-cost devices. Plus, they’re physically much more compact, which should lead to smaller and slimmer laptops and tablets. Expect to see them hitting the shelves in the second half of 2015.
The executive self-driving car
Perhaps one to add to your wishlist for after world domination – but that’s just as well since Mercedes’s self-driving concept car is still a few years away from becoming a reality. As well as automating the driving for you so you can get work done as you travel, it features comfy-looking swivel-chairs and six high resolution touchscreens that are controlled by movement and voice. It’s not so much a self-driving car, as a self-driving boardroom.
It takes two things to get things rolling in the morning: a quick check of your smartphone and a hot cup of joe. So it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a smartphone-controlled coffee machine. In fact, The Top Brewer by Scanomat is more of a coffee tap that lets you choose what kind of hot beverage you want using your phone. Imagine the productivity boost in your office with coffee literally available on tap…
These concepts may be a way off, but there are plenty of ways technology can help you work more efficiently in the here and now. For free, impartial advice on how your business can get the most out of its smart tech, talk to an O2 Guru online, in-store or over the phone.