Exploring the technologies that bring portable productivity to traveling creatives
When possible, it is always nice to be able to work from home, but what if you could do so every day, and be certain that you could maintain a high level of work and productivity? A new group of transient professionals are spending less and less time at the office, and instead are bringing the office with them wherever they go. This is part of a larger theme from the Nomad Class Debrief, a new report from PSFK Labs, which examines the needs, behaviors and emerging trends of these untethered creatives.
According to the State Of Telecommuting Report from PGI, 92 percent of employers provide remote workers with a laptop, but fewer provide web conferencing tools (75 percent), smartphones (61 percent) or Wi-Fi hotspots (22 percent). In response, new adaptable and compact products are allowing individuals to accomplish their tasks efficiently from a remote destination, bridging exploration and the office 9-5. In a trend called Portable Productivity, PSFK Labs highlights larger brands and emerging startups that are winning over nomadic consumers building new services and technologies that help creatives stay connected and productive around the globe.
One of the challenges that freelancers and remote workers face is staying focused on work in a non-office environment. To address this problem, industrial designer Rami Santala created Devide, a foldable workspace that allows users to set up a productive work environment anytime and anywhere. The workspace can be folded into a privacy screen, laptop stand or device carrier; it also includes a built-in Bluetooth beacon that can shut off certain mobile apps for a distraction-free environment.
Large and established brands are also beginning to design new products that help workers retain productivity while on the go. Lenovo’s new suite of convertible and detachable multi-purpose devices allows customers to convert one product into many portable configurations based on their needs. For example, the Yoga 900 Laptop comes equipped with a detachable tablet as well as a 360-degree hinge that props up the device for easy viewing on a mobile desk or coffee shop. The company believes its customers will continue to demand flexible products that adapt to a variety of professional and travel environments.
Finally, it’s important once you arrive at your destination to be able to get online and connect with other people without too much hassle. The Voyager weekender bag is designed to carry everything a professional may need during a short trip, including its very own Wi-Fi signal. In partnership with Wi-Fi provider Karma Go, Voyager includes its own hotspot to provide immediate Internet connection in any location. In addition to a hotspot pocket, the soft leather duffel includes separate compartments for battery packs, cords and stationary.
Inspired by a new generation of borderless creatives and professionals, PSFK Labs‘ Nomad Class Debrief examines the emerging technologies and services that are connecting individuals as they work and travel around the globe. Download the full report here, request a presentation at your office and join the conversation on Twitter with#NomadClass. For full access to all of PSFK’s reports, debriefs, articles and archives, become a PSFK member today.