The vast majority of us spend our weekdays inside of office buildings. And our overall productivity and health are highly influenced by these working environments. Two very promising technologies that are revolutionizing the workplace have grabbed our attention this week:
Have you ever wondered how it would feel to enter your office or buy a smoothie with just the wave of your hand? Sounds like Science-Fiction? The Swedish Startup Epicenter is implanting microchips in the hands of their employees to replace cash cards and ID passes. Epicenter’s microchips function as swipe cards, meaning that each employee with a chip implant is able to open doors, operate printers or even buy sandwiches with a wave of their hand.
In the British online newspaper THE INDEPENDENT, Patrick Mesterton, Co-founder and CEO of Epicenter says: "The biggest benefit I think is convenience” and additionally claims that this innovative solution “basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys." Epicenter’s employees have agreed to implement these chips under their skin, but as most technological developments, it raises the question whether this measures respect the employees’ privacy. In BBC’s article about Swedish microchips Hannes Sjoblad, the body hacker and CDO of Epicenter, explains why people should not be afraid of their new high-tech product: "We already interact with technology all the time. Today it's a bit messy - we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn't it be easy to just touch with your hand? That's really intuitive." Rory Cellan-Jones, a technology correspondent at BBC, decided to try the technology on himself and got “chipped”. Though, he is not fully convinced about the intuitiveness of this innovation. While using a photocopier, for example, and he had to twist his hand into an unnatural position. According to Cellan-Jones there is no doubt that these „innovative chips“ may revolutionize wearable technology by replacing fitness bands or payment devices. For now, we at Sensorberg prefer to rely on our smartphones to interact with our office.
One of the most essential factors affecting the quality of work and productivity is a proper workplace lighting. Most of us don’t pay attention to it, as we are accustomed to being exposed to artificial light everyday. However, is the light used good for our physical and mental health? Have you ever wondered why increased access to daylight leads to higher work productivity? It is widely known that solar energy raises the level of endorphins in the blood and consequently improves energy levels and motivation. From a medical point of view, a lack of daylight causes eye strain, exhaustion and negatively affects mental health. These effects, naturally, impair our work productivity. A British study called The Responsible Workplace shows that those employees with access to natural light in the office perform better on tests of mental function and memory recall.
While, a properly designed lighting system may compensate for the adverse effects of sunless environments, experts on resource efficiency and carbon reduction, such as Carbon Trust, claim that
“using daylight sensors to adjust the artificial lighting can reduce electricity use by up to 40 per cent – some studies suggest this could be as much as 60 per cent.“ How can you get natural light above your desk? GLUMAC, a leader in sustainable design for the building environment, provides a lightening system called Circadian Lighting. As Glumac claims Circadian Lighting is "a lighting system designed to tap into the proven cycles our bodies’ follow each day, based on the position, angle, and color of natural sunlight at any given time. This system is tailored specifically to maximize our functionality." Glumac argues that the benefits of human-centric circadian lighting design increase alertness in the morning, improve productivity, concentration and mood, reduce hyperactivity and accelerate cognitive processing. The Sensorberg Smart Workspace Solution shares Glumac’s concern for the right lighting. We are currently integrating a wide range of bluetooth controllable lighting solutions in our Smart Workspace Solution.
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