By now, we’ve probably heard the term “smart home” all too often. One of the biggest trends at CES this year, home automation is no longer a new concept. From auto dimming lights to robots that efficiently clean your entire apartment with just the tap of a button, the ultra-connected home has revolutionised the way we live — giving us a glimpse of the future.
Which begs the question, how will offices look like two decades from now? Seeing how high-tech working spaces are now, the possibilities are endless, and we are excited to find out. But for now, since we spend most of our time in the office, why not transform an ordinary office desk into a smart work desk by investing in the latest gadgets that will help increase your productivity?
Whether you’re working from home or coming up with your latest creative project in a swanky office, having a smart work desk will truly be a game-changer. From a table that reminds you to stand up after you’ve been sitting down for too long to the first Amazon gadget with a touchscreen (finally), check out these products that will transform your working table to the ultimate smart work desk.
The latest addition to Amazon’s Alexa-powered echo range of home hubs is the Echo Show, a wifi-enabled home device with a seven-inch screen. A game-changer for your workspace, this device that functions on voice control will let you check traffic, schedule meetings, organise video conferences, reply emails, and order office supplies without even lifting a finger.
Of course, what’s a smart office without a smart table? Known as the most advanced desk ever, the Stir Kinetic Desk M1 is an intelligent desk that learns your daily routine, stores data in the cloud and syncs with third-party devices like Fitbit — so it is able to send you notifications when you should sit or stand. It then raises or lowers itself on its motorised legs.
Sometimes, loud discussions in the office may not make it the most conducive space to work in. If you need to drown out external sounds, the Here One Wireless Smart Earbuds will do the trick. The 3-in-1 earbuds combine premium audio, smart noise cancellation and speech enhancement for a one-of-a-kind audio system.
The earbuds offer the “real-world volume” function, where you can turn up or down the volume of external noises, as well as smart noise filters — so you can selectively tune into sounds around you.
If you’re working on a Macbook, the Belkin Thunderbolt Dock is an all-in-one docking solution that boasts speeds of 40 Gbps, allowing you to move massive files seamlessly. The dock also provides up to 85W of power to your computer, allowing you to power up your computer and connect to all your devices with a single cable.
Most of us have probably found ourselves calling our own mobile phones after misplacing them. With the Tile Slim, it is possible to track your other belongings too. If you’re one to easily misplace your items in the office, this Bluetooth tracker is the exact tool you need. The Tile Slim can be attached to anything and makes it easy to locate when connected to the app, which helps you keep track of your Tiles, and find lost items on a map.
The device is as thin as two credit cards stacked together, perfect for wallets, passports, purses, laptops, and more.
Price: RM429 for a 4-pack