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Mobile working of the future: cooking on a surfboard?

There is a lot of discussion about the future of work. An important factor here: the right tools. And because you have to think as big as possible, then completely different work is possible - for example with holographic screens and mobile kitchens.

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Dream tools of the future

I've been experimenting with various mobile work devices for a long time. So far I haven't been really satisfied: my perfect solution is light and small enough for a handbag or travel backpack, but still practical enough to be able to do as many work steps as possible. And by that I don't just mean eMailen, surf the Internet and twitter, but also Article write, blog and maybe even edit graphics.

Our future tools are work tools for on the go. However, today's possibilities are far from ideal. Because my dream would be a smartphone with a reasonable external keyboard and a holographic screen like the one in the video above. Then you would need all discussions about tablets or emergencyebooks no longer lead. Or does it already exist?

Light but not powerful

This is exactly where the problems begin: Because small and light usually means uncomfortable to use and not very efficient. After all, technology has recently taken a few steps forward, as I was able to ascertain when testing with different smartphones: I now almost only use my mobile phone on the go, simply because it is smaller and lighter.

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The miseryebookBecause of the operating system, I found usage too complicated for a long time, the latest version of Windows has clearly caught up here. The operating system designed for large screens quickly became a problem on a 10-inch screen: Apart from the fact that the windows and menu bars on a smaller display can quickly become confusing: Typing texts may still work well. But at the latest when I want to switch back and forth between different applications, the touchpad on the small keyboard becomes too unwieldy. And anyway: at the latest to be able to read a text on the Internet quickly in between, a netbook like this is far too unwieldy: What is missing is simply the touchscreen.

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Smartphone: Better than the Nebook?

Everything is much easier on the much smaller smartphone: the apps are optimized for the small mobile screens. Even blogging and editing comments is easier on the smartphone than on the netbook. And that means something. The computer of the future may work quite differently: With a touchpad and much more interactive than we can imagine today - Star Trek sends its regards. Or what Johnny Haeusler once wrote:

“I guess I can now be considered computer-conservative because I believe that we are experiencing the first real hardware and GUI change since the mainstreaming of the Internet. The fact that children use Apple's touch interface shows that the days of mice, windows and desks are numbered. ”

Notebook or tablet?

Meanwhile, the device manufacturers are worrying about where the journey is going: emergencyebook or rather a tablet? Tablets are smaller and lighter, so they are better suited for on the go. However, they are not yet a full-fledged computer replacement. Photoshop on the iPad will probably remain a dream for now! So rather a netbook or emergencyebook?

Some time ago I had the opportunity to Peter Hortensius, developer of Lenovo Thinkpads: In his opinion, the tablet will be the hardshipebook Do not replace it as a work tool, neither in terms of performance nor stability. If the wish is not the father of the thought. In any case, I also believe that, sooner or later, tablets will mainly be netbooks, but also needebooks will replace them as mobile work devices. When it comes to mobility, lightness is simply an unbeatable argument.

Does a dream have to remain light and efficient?

An alternative could be the highest devices that combine lightness and high performance and also come with correspondingly large screens: At 13 inches, you can almost work as usual. And they should also have a good battery. But of course they still weigh over 1 kg, in contrast to the iPad with a little over 600 grams, which is probably also due to the keyboard.

But apart from the fact that these devices are so far almost twice as expensive as a tablet: they are a necessityebooks that serve our previous habits and traditional ways of working, aren't they a step in the wrong direction after all? Isn't it time to think about computing in a fundamentally new, innovative, mobile and easier way? There are already approaches to the subject of foldable screens, but this dream is not yet a reality.

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The future of work - just too short?

By the way, what I think is really still missing on the market: A really good camera with which you can take great photos and thus also handle your communication. Even if the trend here is more and more towards the light smartphone that fits in your pocket and takes really good pictures: With the many people I still use big SpiegelIf I see a reflex camera running around, it could be a hit.

It became clear to me some time ago in Canada when I was crossing the Rocky Mountains on a train that we sometimes think too briefly about the future of work. I noticed two exciting workplace variants: an office in a plexiglass case and a first-class restaurant kitchen that has to meet the requirements of a swaying train.

Mobile office: the main thing is a cell phone

In the morning before boarding, I meet Chris Cohoe, who is station master at Rock Mountaineer in Calgary and Lake Louise. And in this capacity he has to cover the 150 kilometers between the two communities every time the train leaves. That's why he has a particularly original variant of the mobile office with him: a transparent plexiglass case with various compartments in which he has clearly sorted all of his office utensils. One handle and Chris has what he needs. It doesn't look as stylish as the leather suitcase that I see everywhere in business use, but it is incredibly practical because you don't have to rummage around for the utensils, you can find them with a handle. Or as Chris says: "It's just handy."

Perhaps you should really rethink your entire mobile equipment: Often enough, it's about design, style and appearance, practicality often falls by the wayside. Time to break the lance for my loyal mobile travel companion, the McKINLEY Falcon hiking backpack. Since you sometimes need a sweater and a rain jacket on the go and I also want to use it for traveling, I decided on the 35 liter version, but it is also available with 28 liters. The backpack is made of 420D ripstop nylon / 600D polyester and is available in red and black. What I particularly liked is the dimensions: At 59 × 29 × 16 cm, it is taller and narrower than wide, which makes the backpack more off-road, because you can also use it on narrow paths with dense vegetation, but also on the train or on the plane , gets along well.

Only the search for objects is sometimes a bit cumbersome due to the height, so it can happen that you have to empty the whole backpack. And the single buckle makes the backpack very susceptible to defects. However, with a net weight of 1000 g, it is very comfortable to carry: the backpack sits well, but also has a reasonable ventilation system: the vent system with a metal frame provides some space on the back and thus prevents unnecessary perspiration. In addition to the lid pocket, this hiking backpack has three outer and two inner pockets so that items such as water bottles can be stowed away clearly. When it rains, the hiking backpack can be protected with the integrated rain cover. I tried it in heavy rain in Ireland and to my delight the backpack was actually comparatively waterproof. In addition, the backpack also has a holder for the hiking sticks. I missed a pocket on the back, e.g. for valuables - the lid pocket seems to me to be clearly visible, not necessarily theft-proof. Overall, however, due to the high level of comfort, it is a very worth considering alternative to common business bags!

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Cooking on a surfboard

Back to the Rocky Mountains again: Later on the train I meet Travis Catfish from Austin, Texas, who manages the kitchens in the Rocky Mountanier. And that means one breakfast for each of the two days of travel and one 3-course menu for first-class travelers - and not a ready-made menu, but a freshly prepared meal.

Cooking for many people in a small space is not the challenge, says Travis, who has already cooked in 14 different restaurants. Rather, it is the constant swaying of the train that meanders through the Rocky Mountains: “If you are not careful, the food flies towards you. It's like cooking on a surfboard, ”says Travis.

His workplace therefore has some special features compared to other restaurant kitchens: there are mats so that the dishes stay put. And it is only cooked with electronics, not propane. "That would be too dangerous," says Travis. This is of course also the basis of the menu: You won't find any fried food, for example.

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Kitchen workplaces of the future

In general, the food not only has to be high-quality, but also practical: “We always plan two different menus for four days, each for the return trip from Calgary to Vancouver. At the stopover in Calgary, we invite the food out at night, ”he explains the logistical effort behind his work.

And why should it be any different with kitchens than with digital workplaces? They too have to be constantly modernized and adapted to the latest requirements.

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6 responses to "Mobile working of the future: Cooking on a surfboard?"

  1. Maria says:

    Great article, thanks!

  2. Nerid Achs says:

    It's always super exciting to see the different job opportunities that don't exist. I always thought there were only 9-5 jobs I could work in, but I'm incredibly motivated by stories like these. I am already aware that if you try something new, it can / will involve a lot of work and stress, but you do what you want. Some time ago I found a two-person company that organize all kinds of events, they do almost everything. At one event they organized a celebration in Brazil in a slightly larger tree house and it was like in the old film “from another time” (?), In Vienna at an event the time turned back to the 20s and and and. and travel around the world.

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