What will meetings of the future look like?
A few days ago, I took part in a video conference and it was great. We had colleagues from Spain, Germany and Italy taking part. It was great not to have to travel in order to meet people and it was more far relaxed than a telephone conference. But there was one problem…it wasn’t quite the same as a face to face meeting.
In our product portfolio, we have a 3D monitor, the FUJITSU P23T-6 FPR 3D, and I can’t help but feel that this is the way forward – especially when it comes to meetings. Let me explain. With this monitor, you can see in 3D by wearing 3D glasses. One day though, this will probably be possible without glasses or similar – ‘plain vanilla’ 3D, if you like.
The above monitor has been conceived for scenarios like, e.g. architects who want to show a 3D version of their projects to customers; why should we not be able to have 3D video conferences where you can see and even shake hands with the person you’re talking to? This may sound like a wild fantasy, but the day may not be that far off. Back in the 1960s, video conferences were something you only saw on episodes of Star Trek – nowadays they’re reality. An old adage says “it’s not personal, it’s only business”, but the truth is that business is personal and that means it’s emotional. As we know, when you’re transacting with someone, you want to look at them in the eye. You want to really feel that they have understood you – that’s one field where ‘plain vanilla’ 3D could be very useful.
What do you think? How do you see 3D or meetings in the future? Will we still be jet-setting everywhere or will IT make airline travel a thing of the past?
Today I’m happy to welcome our guest blogger Linda Weber, Head of Business from StarkStrom Augsburg:
„StarkStrom Augsburg“ is an incorporated association of the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg consisting of approximately 70 students from different faculties, mainly Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Business Studies.
Together we build an electrically driven racing car in order to participate in the International Design Competition “Formula Student Germany” organised by the
Society of Automotive
Engineers (SAE) VDI-FVT, which will take place on the race track in Hockenheim the first week of August 2012. Each year around 100 international racing teams take part in either the Formula Students Combustion contest or the Formula Student Electric contest depending on the drive configuration. Each team spends one year of hard work designing, building and testing their cars – and in Hockenheim they will present their results to the judges and show off their technical solutions on the race track. Formula Student Germany stands for the unique atmosphere of innovation, commitment, fun and race ambiance of over 2000 motivated and talented students from all over the world.
Already since 2010, when StarkStrom Augsburg was still in the earliest stages of development, Fujitsu has been supporting our team as one of the main sponsors and accompanies us on the exciting path to design and to build an electrically driven racing car by ourselves.
Anyone, who has ever had the opportunity, to take a closer look on a Formula Student racing car, could see that this is not about soapboxes. Every single component runs through an optimization cycle and will be designed, calculated and redesigned again. These optimisation steps are especially for a new team like ours vital and indispensable. This is where Fujitsu supports us.
As our own notebooks are not suitable for constructing, individual FEM-calculations would take several hours. But the Fujitsu CELSIUS Workstations enable us to work much more efficient and we can already discuss the results after few minutes.
Even with other CAE-programs the professional computer has no problems with the huge amount of data. This helped us immensely, particularly observing the entire car.
Therefore, we are very grateful for the huge support of Fujitsu. We are looking forward to the further cooperation!
Have you ever thought about what the future could look like? Just try to imagine what the world could look like in just 10-15 years from now… Would there be speech recognition? Could well be. What about electronic devices such as mobile phones integrated into your clothes? Possibly. Or how about a laptop which you can fold into your wallet? Maybe.
Whatever the future holds it certainly promises to be more mobile; without lots of complicated equipment and cables and compatibility issues. The user will not be confronted with strange error messages like “memory error in module A124588847GH” or “no network coverage available” or “unable to find device…”. Those days will have gone.
What does this mean for the user and for your business? It means more freedom, creativity and opportunities to get on with business. More ‘space’, if you like. Sounds great? Of course this freedom will also increase the focus on issues like security. Wondering what it means for today, for the ‘here and now’? It means that the future is a journey. As part of Fujitsu’s vision of a human-centric intelligent society, we are already addressing some of today’s pressing problems, not least environmental ones but also security and productivity too.
Want to find out more? Click here and see where your journey to the future could take you: http://www.reshaping-workplace.ts.fujitsu.com/ …
You don’t have to go to the Augsburg Factory to get an impression of the most modern European PC factory. We want to offer everybody the chance to visit our innovative production facilities for PCs, notebooks and servers in Augsburg – at least virtually – where elaborate engineering and reliable manufacturing are combined in one place. Experience our interactive virtual factory tour – rendered and powered by our CELSIUS workstations, with outstanding graphic performance.
Enjoy your personal factory tour (please choose the full screen icon in the navigation bar)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely tried to run demanding software on systems that weren’t really designed for it, and the experience can be frustrating. Our goal with the Fujitsu CELSIUS optimized for Autodesk® promotion was to eliminate the software/hardware mismatch problem for our customers who use the Autodesk software suites. It’s particularly important that people working in design and engineering have a workstation that really matches up with their software so that they don’t end up waiting on stuttering or frozen programs.
I’ve spent the last few months getting everything ready for you. If you’re an Autodesk suite user and need a new workstation, head on over to the website we built. You can choose your exact software and our site will point you to a couple of systems that are really ideal for what you are doing. This is something management can get behind too. If you are a manager and your team uses Autodesk software, think about this: Engineers and designers are obviously a valuable resource. Optimizing the match between their software and hardware will go a long way toward maximizing the productivity of your team.
Next time you upgrade your workstation hardware; make sure you visit the minisite to choose a Fujitsu CELSIUS workstation optimized for Autodesk.