Workplace

  • I don't know when I opened my Dropbox account. It was years ago – probably not long after it was founded in 2007. Since then I've been a fan of the way Dropbox makes saving files in the cloud – and sharing them – quick and easy. But with its newly-announced features, I think it's time for a change.
  • ​It's no secret that jobs which involve a lot of bending, twisting or reaching can cause debilitating injuries. Sometimes, though, it's hard to remember to do those things the right way. The wearable Kinetic Reflex is designed to help workers in that regard, by alerting them to unsafe postures.
  • In today’s ultra-connected world, with many people often getting work emails sent to their smartphones, a growing number of countries and companies are endorsing “right to disconnect” laws, recreating a much-needed boundary between work and home.
  • Cemtrex might not be well known in the world of office kit, but that hasn't stopped it launching what it regards as "the most advanced workstation on the market." And with everything it's shoehorned in – including a gesture control system dubbed the "Stark Gesture System" – it may well be.
  • Many of us don’t need any extra incentive to clock off after work, but in Japan the intense business culture means many workers put in too much overtime. Now, two companies have unveiled a quirky solution: a drone that flies around the office at home time, blasting music to annoy staff into leaving.
  • Computex kicks off next week, but Acer has jumped the gun and announced a couple of new laptops that will be at the expo. The Nitro 5 notebooks are designed as entry-level portable gaming rigs, while the new model of the Acer Spin 1 is a more work-focused machine for creative types on the go.
  • Manually putting up a Do Not Disturb note at work can be a hassle. With that in mind, a scientist from the University of British Columbia has invented a desktop LED light that automatically switches between green ("It's OK to talk to me") and red ("Leave me alone").​
  • A few years ago, Sony released a business-focused e-paper tablet, and now the company has updated the device with higher resolution, bigger memory, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity, a new pen-friendly screen and a few bonus workflow features.
  • A great deal of co-living and co-working spaces are located in cities, but that doesn't always need to be the case. An extreme example of this is Carlo Ratti Associati's planned Pankhasari Retreat, which aims to let people work online from the Himalayas.
  • Mobile phones have rendered the UK's iconic red phone boxes largely redundant, but the mobile lifestyle that they have helped usher in is now seeing them repurposed. New York-based co-working outfit Bar Works is fitting out the phone boxes as mini work pods for people on the go.
  • Volkswagen is presenting 3D smart glasses to workers at its plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. The Google Glass Explorer Edition glasses will be used by plant logistics operators to help with order-picking for parts such as windshields and driveshafts.
  • Staying productive at work can be tricky, with emails, social networks and news websites among the distractions vying for your attention. Saent is aimed at helping users to remain focused by minimizing minimizes the potential for distraction and encourage a better working rhythm.