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Projecting a Touchscreen from Your Palm

Touch_Screen_DisplaySmart boards – white boards with projected images that turn the surface into a touchscreen – have long been used by companies and educational institutions for giving interactive presentations. The data is projected from a machine that’s usually a short distance away from the screen. And the angle of projection often prevents interference from presenters walking between the projector and the white board.

Another clever presentation tool – the handheld, compact projector – also has been in use for some time, enabling professionals to carry their presentations with them practically wherever they go.

Now, there’s another tool coming to market that combines the touch capabilities of the smart board with the portability of a handheld projector. Whether the machine winds up revolutionizing how offices plan spaces and meeting rooms for presentations remains to be seen. The new device could be just another improved form of technology that, one day, allows touch-screen presentations to be made from smartphones. Or even smart watches.

The TouchPico from TouchJet, says Mashable, will run any Android app while projecting a nearly 7-foot image on any wall. The picture is strong enough to light up a room, and the unit comes with a custom stylus for enhanced presentation capabilities.

The stylus is not attached to the handheld unit, which looks as though it can fit into the palm of an adult’s hand. Instead, the stylus has an infrared switcher, which works in tandem with the projector’s infrared camera. As a result, presenters can interact with projected objects using gestures and taps.

The projector unit contains audio-out and HDMI ports. It also has a built-in WiFi system that can work with Android’s Screencast technology.

About the only thing the projector doesn’t yet do is run on its own power, much like a smartphone can. A standard AC power source keeps things humming.

The TouchJet, which is expected to retail for about $500, has launched an Indiegogo campaign for funding. With a little more than two weeks left, the campaign had brought in over 800% of the original goal of $55,000. Units are expected to ship sometime in October.

And then the presenters of the corporate world, as well as planners of office and meeting space, will have the opportunity to see whether the TouchJet is the game changer it portends to be.


Office Politics and the Job Search

telecommuteEven under the best of working conditions, it’s natural to wonder if the grass is greener on the other side of the corporate pasture. A few possible job opportunities have presented themselves; you’ve sent out resumes and even gone to an interview or two; and, you’ve talked over the situation with co-workers, family and friends.

You’re still not sure whether you ought to take that one offer you just got, much less the two others that look like they could come through. And you may not entirely be ready to give up your current position.

Since you’ve confided in practically everyone you know, is now the time to discuss your career options with your boss? Would that person be more inclined to fight to keep you, or maybe just let you go your own way?

Experts say that deciding to tell your boss that you’re in the midst of a job search is, as might be imagined, a tricky enterprise. It can be helpful to consider a few main ideas.

First, take a look at you present situation and your present employee-boss relationship. It pays to evaluate this before the external offers start trickling in, because a supportive boss might find a way to keep you (by adding responsibilities, an improved job title or a raise), or pull a few strings to help you move to another department/position within the organization. Talking to a boss who’s hard to read can also be beneficial, because you have taken the time to involve them in the conversation early on. This allows for the possibility of collaboration and above-board communication.

If you’re unsure of your relationship with your manager, or already know that you two are on rocky ground, it’s probably best not to say anything about your intent to move on to other things. This doesn’t mean that you need to clam up, be secretive and do only the bare minimum around the office – in the hopes of blending into the background and escaping any out-of-the-ordinary attention. On the contrary, keep working at your best during the search. Doing so can only help you in the end.

Whatever you choose to do, be sure not to drop hints or reveal signs that you might be looking, much less leaving. Do any online research away from the office and take or make any calls on your personal cell phone, also while out of the office. And be careful about advertising your activities on social media.

However the new search works out, your manager will remember how you handled yourself and your responsibilities in the final days of employment. And so will your colleagues.


Uncluttering the Home Office, with Style

home-office-latest-design---decoration-channel-3aulxu2yThe idea of converting an extra room in your house to serve as a home office has become so popular these days that homes without a dedicated office space sometimes feel incomplete.

One of the pitfalls of making the home-office conversion, however, is miscalculating what you will actually need when it comes to office furniture and equipment. And some of the problems that arise from making unwise decorating choices can serve up more than a design headache – they can make the home office feel uncomfortable and difficult to inhabit for extended periods of time.

Fortunately, those problems can be averted by taking a few minutes to consider a few ideas prior to moving furniture and equipment.

First, it’s somewhat natural to assume that because a certain piece of furniture – such as a hutch sitting on top of a desk – has attributes that appeal to both the home and office sides of things, that it will serve your home office perfectly well.

It might. Then again, such a bulky, though beautiful, item might also contribute to a sense of clutter. Depending on the design and finish of the unit, a large hutch over your desk might darken the room’s overall atmosphere.

One way to alleviate this problem is to compromise, spatially speaking. By removing the top part of the hutch-and-desk unit, the space can be opened up, light- and clutter-wise, while also preserving the homey design touch with the lower desk portion.

If need be, you could consider adding drawer units below the desk to make up for any lost storage space. With a little time and patience, you might even find drawer units that complement the desk’s design, which would help the overall harmony of the office space all the more.

And if you miss the elevated spaces that the hutch provided – such as built-in bookshelves – you can always add complementary shelving above the desk. Once again, this takes advantage of the hutch’s qualities without being overpowered by its bulk.

And consider adding elegant touches – simple wrapping paper or fabric can work under the right circumstances — to a desk or computer work area.

Your home office should be both functional and comfortable. By taking some of what works from certain furniture units, and augmenting it with other elements, you can take advantage of the best of both worlds, which allows you to be both productive and relaxed.


The Rise of Standing Desks

Workers in hands-on professions have long known the benefits of completing tasks while standing. Framing a print, for instance, is difficult to do while seated at a desk. But finding the appropriate height at which to both frame a print and, say, apply custom gift wrap to an expensive present can sometimes necessitate flat working Read the full article…

Solving a Company’s Problems

As the workplace has evolved and changed in recent years, and as competition for jobs has gotten fiercer and tougher, it makes more sense than ever to tailor your communication with companies in ways that will best serve their interests. Few, if any, hiring managers want to continually hear you sing your praises – unless, Read the full article…

Using a Broker to Find Office Space

One of the continuing needs of businesses large, small and everything in-between is finding and maintaining a hold on the right kind of office spaces – for only as long as the next wave of marketplace changes dictate new workspace configurations and needs. One way to stay on top of the moving jigsaw puzzle that Read the full article…

Growing Demand for Office Space Faces Developers with Dilemma

The United States’ so-called Big Apple has long been the apple of real estate developers’ eyes. With some of the nation’s highest rental prices and an ever-growing demand for housing, there is a killing to be made in real estate in New York City. But as the business capital of the United States, experiences a Read the full article…

How-To Guide: Planning a Personal Office Space

In the age of rampant telecommuting jobs, startup businesses, and other work-from-home jobs, more and more Americans find themselves setting up their own office spaces. Office Space Planners operates on large scales—we’ve successfully planned office complexes in all fifty states—but we have plenty of advice on how to personalize a smaller office space! To the Read the full article…