Form follows function is a design principle that dates back decades. But advances in technology are seeing form and function come together like never before. We’re experiencing some of the most exciting and stunningly elegant tech designs ever – and things can only get better from here.
Form – the importance of craftsmanship
The look and feel of technology has a huge impact on our motivation, productivity and the quality of our work. A more premium device, where the quality is displayed in everything from the speed of the processor, to the quality of screen and the remarkable lightness in your hands, creates an incomparable experience.
Function – the importance of design
Considered design and simplified technology can streamline your day and enable you to work more efficiently. From the feel of a brushed aluminium under your fingertips to the way a device can surprise and delight with screens that open 360 or launch apps with the touch of a carefully placed button, high-functioning, user-friendly tools have never looked so good.
The wow of now and what happens next
People have realised that you don’t have to choose between form and function. A beautiful laptop can be a powerhouse, and a powerful laptop doesn’t need to look like a lump of plastic. The HP Elite range is leading the pack, with stunningly sleek, incredibly lightweight and super secure devices, thanks to on-board features and Windows 10 Pro1. The question we need to ask ourselves is what happens next? Here are some predictions:
Advances in wireless engineering have helped cut the cords to our desks, sockets and even our pockets. While Apple’s decision to drop the headphone jack didn’t please everyone, it was the sign that a wireless revolution was starting. By literally cutting the cords designers have a blank page to design sleeker and more stunning devices that can’t fail to empower future workforces wherever they work best.
2. Virtual reality
Advances in virtual reality have made the feeling of being in the same room as someone thousands of miles away a real possibility. It could make a huge difference to how we create, collaborate and communicate in the near `future. Businesses could get more productive face-to-face time with remote partners, professionals could boost their skills with immersive training and employees could attend industry events much more cost-effectively.
3. Artificial intelligence
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already changing how we do business with algorithmic purchasing tools, trend predictions and responsive workflow management software. But when robot technologies reach mainstream (and they will), we’re facing a workplace revolution. It sounds more sci-fi than science, but Microsoft HoloLens is already here. The first self-contained, holographic computer enables people to engage with digital content and interact with holograms. This means robot assistants and customer service agents can’t be far behind. European CEO of digital labour technology company IPsoft, Frank Lansink, predicts AI will replace 9% of the global workforce.
But not everyone should fear a machine takeover quite yet. AI is still a long way off replicating the creative thinking or gut instincts needed to make important business decisions.
The office of the future will be more mobile than we can imagine. Assigned seats will be abolished in favour of hot-desking, with the devices of the future becoming lighter and even more portable than what’s already available. The challenge will be making sure power and functionality fit into ever smaller and sleeker designs.
5. Wearable tech
Wearable technology like fitness trackers are commonly found in the home and are starting to find roles in the workplace, as businesses take an active role in promoting employee health, wellbeing and rising stress levels. But beyond fitness trackers, other data-collecting wearables are helping workers become more efficient.
20% of employees at Epicenter in Stockholm have had chips inserted into their hands to make swiping into the office, setting the alarm system, earning loyalty points at local stores and accessing the gym that much faster.
At Tesco in Ireland, distribution workers have been given armbands to track product movements across almost 10 miles of their warehouse, eliminating the need for clipboards and helping managers monitor completion times.
Remote working will extend the office further than people’s homes. The technology will be seamless and secure to ensure there are no disruptions to our work and communicate. This blurring of mobile devices and their desktop cousins has already started with products like HP’s Elite x3, which boasts the power of a PC in a stunningly slim and stylish mobile device.
Introducing the HP Elite range
HP is passionate about continually developing and re-engineering products ready to push the boundaries of technology and design. Each Elite device shares a certain set of core features: craftsmanship incorporating high-grade materials at every stage, innovative engineering and true durability, state-of-the-art security and cutting edge software including Windows 10 Pro2. Here is some of the lineup:
EliteBook Folio – the thinnest and lightest business class laptop3
EliteBook x360 – the thinnest most secure business convertible4
Elite x2 – the 2-in-1 that weighs less than 2 pounds and can be tilted and set to any angle
Elite x3 – a 3-in-1 devices that uses a Snapdragon 820 processor to give it the power of
HP Device as a Service (DaaS):
Whatever advances are made in technology, one thing that will remain the same is the most cost effective way to own the latest devices. DaaS gives you access to HPs latest devices and helps deliver better business results due to the ability to always monitor and improve their performance.
HP recommends Windows 10 Pro for Business.
1,2Not all features are available in all editions or versions of Windows. Systems may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware, drivers and/or software to take full advantage of Windows functionality. Windows 10 is automatically updated, which is always enabled. ISP fees may apply and additional requirements may apply over time for updates. See http://www.microsoft.com
3Based on HP’s internal analysis of business-class notebooks as of January 4, 2016 with > 1 million unit annual sales having preinstalled encryption, authentication, malware protection and BIOS-level protection, passing MIL-STD 810G tests with optional docking incorporating power delivery.
4Most secure based on HP’s unique and comprehensive security capabilities at no additional cost among vendors with >1M annual sales as of December 1, 2016 on HP Elite PCs with Intel 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, Intel® integrated graphics, and Intel® WLAN. Thinnest based on competitors with >1m units annually of convertible, non-detachable having a Windows Pro OS and 6th or 7th generation Intel® vPro™ enabled processor as of December 1, 2016.