Dell showcased two new workplace experiences that envision a new future for hybrid offices: Concept Flow and Concept Stanza.
Let’s start with Concept Stanza, which is actually just an extremely simple 11-inch tablet. It doesn’t have microphones, speakers, or even ports. Instead, the purpose of this tablet is to highlight how such a device could wirelessly interact directly with a PC in a working environment.
Stanza focuses on handwriting on the screen using the stylus and shows how useful a writing tablet can be in an office setting. Dell didn’t go into detail on what this little tablet was running on, either in terms of the operating system or internal components.
But the software is all Dell. It’s a minimalist app, combining note taking with a to-do list and streamlined project management.
There’s nothing too unique here, but Dell has a few things going for it. You can cross out a note to erase it, or double-tap to convert the handwriting to text. The stylus even has a built-in microphone for audio transcription.
But the real magic is in the way Concept Stanza interacts with a PC. Dell demonstrated how the tablet can quickly transfer documents or photos to a PC wirelessly, or vice versa. Dell imagines employees calling Concept Stanza a “PC’s new best friend.”
More than that, Concept Stanza can also share its screen or mirror on a monitor. Dell showcased both of these features at a recent event, showing just how transparent it is. Again, this all fits in with Dell’s vision of a fully digital, wireless workspace.
Concept Flow is a bit more theoretical in nature, trying to re-imagine what it might be like to walk into an office with just your laptop. Combining a 6E Wi-Fi docking station with a Qi wireless charger attached to a desk, Dell has created a scenario where sitting down to work is as easy as placing your laptop on the desk, connecting wirelessly. to the monitor and the webcam. No cables required – not even an AC adapter.
Ideally, the webcam could also do things like automatically log you in through Windows Hello and detect your presence to wake up your machine.
This may all sound like overkill – and it could be. But in the context of a hybrid office, where workers can come and go, and not necessarily locked into a specific office, this is the kind of technology that makes the experience rather seamless. You could imagine an entire office filled with desks laid out in this way.
As with the Wireless webcam concept Bet and other Dell experiments, these are still only prototypes. They can end up being real products, or they can be developed into a technology suitable for a different product.