Fraunhofer IAO Presents Two New Workplace Prototypes at ORGATEC 2016

What will the workplace of tomorrow look like?

At this year’s ORGATEC fair the motto is “New visions of work”. Together with partners from the Office21 innovation campaign Fraunhofer and other companies will premier two entirely new workplace prototypes.

The Office21 innovation campaign, lead by Fraunhofer IAO, has dedicated itself to the question of the future workplace for 20 years. Both the prototypes being presented arise from a desire to:

  • digitalise work processes,
  • make work more flexible, and
  • promote innovation and creativity.

The traditional desk has been transformed into a digital workspace that does away with cables and papers and provides a space to come up with and develop creative ideas. Here is a brief overview of the two workplace prototypes:

Wire-free workstation – power and data without the cables

No more cables: at the wire-free workstation, knowledge workers can use all of their devices – tablets, monitors and even desk lamps – without the need for cables. Thanks to various wireless technologies, access to power and data is integrated into the tabletop and completely wire-free.

Extended workdesk – OLED and multi-touch digital desk

In the future workplace, more and more actions will be completed with touch rather than keyboard and mouse, just as we have become accustomed to with our tablets, smartphones and other devices. In the extended workdesk, this means that almost the entire desk becomes a digital work surface. The prototype on display at the trade fair is based on a 55” OLED display at UHD resolution with multi-touch capacity; it uses Fraunhofer IAO’s VD1 software to access all applications with flexible window positioning, scaling and orientation.

Another highlight at the Fraunhofer IAO booth is a new solution for converting content from workshops (sticky notes, for instance) into a digital form that allows for seamless processing. This can be done using interactive workspaces or visual collaboration tools, for example. Here, too, existing components have been arranged to provide new functionality to the digital work process.

Photo credit: http://www.colourbox.com. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from Fraunhofer IAO.

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