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The office of the future its, in the bag!


In the bag is where your office of tomorrow is now. Well, some of that office. I traveled for 11 years at the very beginning of the mobility age. That was when you had to have lots of batteries for your phone, batteries for your computer and cables. You see, in the early days of digital telephones, or what would become the smartphone, there wasn’t the concept of a personal hotspot. You connected your phone to your PC (laptop) so that you could use the phone as a data connection. If you a call you were no longer on the internet. The concept was called tethering. Today you can set up your smartphone as a personal hotspot and connect multiple devices to the internet quickly.

But the reality for the new age is what are you carrying in your bag. We have moved past the early (and very rough) stage of mobility. Now we are in the growing world of personal productivity. Eventually, we will as a society move into the information age, but that remains on the horizon. Right now we are in the age of personal productivity. How can I do more with what I have? One of the things that we have to consider is what do you have with you and where are you. I adopted a car phone long before it became the law in the state I was living. That is more because holding a phone to my ear and driving meant the likelihood was that I would drop my phone. I am not that coordinated.

 As we move into the personal productivity era it becomes interesting not only what we carry, but we use. Where once my bag had 4 to 5 pounds of extra batteries that time is over.  I do still carry an external battery, and it has a solar cell so I can while sitting outdoors charge my phone. But that battery doesn’t weigh anywhere near as much as the ones I used to carry did as we move forward, there become the questions. What does a mobile worker require? Noise-canceling headsets are critical for me, as I am on the phone a lot. Having a portable projector isn’t as critical for me now, but that could change over the next couple of years. Being able to take my headset off and use my computer for calls means I need an external speaker. I found a light one (Jabra) that plugs into my computer via USB.

Moving into and past the age of personal productivity will empower more users with more capabilities. 5g does allow you to be talking, moving and using data on your phone. Online meeting software has evolved and supports mobile devices much better now. Translation devices not only support live in-person translation but there is now an online meeting system that supports translation (live).

The office of tomorrow may be in your bag!

  • Do you use your phone for translation services?

    • Yes
    • No
  • have you ever used the personal hotspot on your phone?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you or have you ever used online meeting software (Webex, gotomeeting etc)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Backpacks can be heavy right?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

22 points

Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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  1. Q: Do you use your phone for translation services?
    Yes (3 votes) – 27%
    No (8 votes) – 73%
    Q: have you ever used the personal hotspot on your phone?
    Yes (4 votes) – 40%
    No (6 votes) – 60%
    Q: Do you or have you ever used online meeting software (Webex, gotomeeting etc)
    Yes (1 votes) – 10%
    No (9 votes) – 90%
    Q: Backpacks can be heavy right?
    Yes (6 votes) – 60%
    No (4 votes) – 40%

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