April 7, 2012
Today’s workplace is being redefined. The days of an office with an executive sitting behind a desk and the administrative help sitting desk bound right outside the office in a cubicle are numbered. Today executives are rethinking the workplace with an eye towards productivity and creative thinking. There is a trend towards inspirational environment that seems to be catching on in today’s offices.
Realizing that different types of work can best be accommodated by varying types of environs, designers are placing more emphasis on work results than traditional work place amenities. According to one Seattle executive “ There’s a recognition that we work in different modes, and we’ve designed spaces to accommodate them”. She goes on to say that the key to successful workplace design is to understand the business, and understand what the employees need to do their best work.
Research has shown that daylight is essential in designing a good workplace. The more sunlight the better according to key architectural firms that specialize in designing workplaces. Because of financial restraints, it is sometimes necessary to house many workers in close confines to reduce overhead. However, it has been found that this can enhance rather than detract from employee effectiveness. This closeness begets communication and openness. Chance encounters yield creative energy and mobility is essential.
With today’s younger workforce, these adaptions are much easier realized as the norm rather than characterized as an invasion of privacy. Designers have realized that there must be shared spaces offering nooks and crannies for private conversations and independent thinking. Escape pods are a must if the overall workplace is quite populated.
Technology has changed the way we work. It has changed the focus of our efforts. Now it is changing the environment in which we spend our working lives.
February 6, 2012
As mentioned in my bio I am a lover of new technology. I want to share with you some of the odd and new gadgets that have captured my interest.
A new twist on the vending machine is really quite timely and ingenious. With the insurgence of all things vintage, this new type of vending machine is in step with society’s love affair with all things old. How many of you have gone to a thrift shop or second-hand clothing shop to find that perfect “vintage” article? Now you can simple go to this new vending machine and trade one of your old cherished gems for any article displayed in the vending machine window. It is a cash-less transaction. They say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Well now you can simple make your barter through the use of this newest craze in vending machines.
How about bendable batteries that are woven into the fabric of your clothes? Maksim Skorobogatiy and colleagues at the Polytechnic School of Montreal in Canada have done just that. If you want your Tee shirt lit up with LED’s- no problem. How about those pants you keep misplacing? Now you can find them at the bottom of your pile of dirty clothes by just pressing a button and listening for the beep. Medical monitoring might also be a unique use for this new technology. Help for lost Alzheimer’s patients could be right around the corner.
You can now buy running shoes complete with speakers in the shoe and the ability to load a music CD right into the base of your sneakers. Boom boxes are a thing of the past- now you can be obnoxious with just a pair of shoes on your feet!
Have you ever dropped your smart Phone in the sink or water. Now you can waterproof your electronic device by the use of Liquipel. My little 2 year old loves to deposit our phones in the commode or in the dogs drinking water. This new process can save you money for a small investment. Liquipel founder, Danny McPhail, says a treated phone can survive up to 30 minutes in water as deep as 3.5 meters of water.
Finally- my pet peeve is to walk into our kitchen and see a number of ugly black AC adapters for our phones or gadgets. Now, the Power 2U AC/USB wall outlet hides all that ugly mess by having pre-installed slide open USB jacks to fit most phones and gadgets, tablets and digital cameras. The best part is this outlet is smart enough to supply only the power necessary for the individual device to charge at maximum efficiency.
Stay tuned for more of my favorite techno gadgets and techno oddities.
November 21, 2011
Welcome to the Burst Project technology blog. This is my first post so I am going to use it to describe what I intend on doing with this blog. I love technology so I intend on using it to discuss anything that I think is cool about the wonderful world of technology. I might throw in an odd ball post here and there, but hey it’s my blog!