New Technology to Support a Traveling Workforce

Posted On May 17, 2021 By Nicole Hopper
Canoo’s new electric pickup truck
Canoo’s new electric pickup truck built with the traveling worker in mind will be available for pre-order later this quarter. Photo courtesy: canoo.com

Los Angeles-based Canoo recently announced an all-electric pickup truck designed to handle on-the-go needs for travel as well as work. The front-end fold-down workstation equipped with electrical outlets lets you work from wherever you’re parked. And, pull-down tables on either side of the truck bed serve as a traveling workstation. The vehicle is also equipped with multiple storage areas, including lockable sections for valuables.

Canoo positions itself as a technology and automotive company, "reinventing the automotive landscape with bold innovations in design, pioneering technologies, and a unique business model that defies traditional ownership to put customers first." The company's innovative modular vehicle platform is built to support various applications for both consumers and businesses.

Canoo's new all-in-one traveling office got us thinking about the future of virtual work, something many of us have become very familiar with over the past 14 months. Although vaccination rates are increasing across the U.S., many employers that shifted to working-from-home setups throughout 2020 plan to continue that model, or some sort of hybrid work model. Below, we round up a list of some innovative new working-on-the-go essentials, inspired by Canoo's new truck and the idea of a future workforce operating from wherever it takes them.

High-quality Video Conferencing

Anker's PowerConf C300 webcam maximizes sound and video quality for conferencing from anywhere you go. Visual features that set it apart from your standard webcam include a 1080p/60FPS camera with true-to-life colors, auto low-light correction, automatic focus on people or objects in less than half a second, and AI technology that automatically adjusts the field of view to fit everyone in frame.

Its ultra-sensitive dual microphones will pick up and transfer your voice clearly across the call, no matter where you’re calling from, and the slide-over cover protects your privacy when you’re off the call. If you work in a role that involves a lot of video conferencing, the reliable, professional-quality webcam will give you the confidence to work remotely from anywhere you travel, knowing that you can still have the same quality calls possible from a private office.

The DUEX screen extender
The DUEX screen extender gives you a dual monitor desktop computer experience on a laptop. Photo courtesy: werd.com

Maximize Screen Space without a Desktop

Working on the go most likely means working from a laptop. DUEX's recently crowd-funded portable laptop monitors give you a dual-monitor experience on a laptop screen. Offered in two models—DUEX Plus and DUEX Lite—the screen extender attaches to the back of your laptop with included magnets and slides out from behind your laptop screen on either side, connecting the display via USB.

The Plus model is slightly larger at 13.3 in. compared to the Lite's 12.5, and also offers an auto-rotation mode and additional USB ports. Both versions are light weight, high speed, and energy efficient with eye-care mode and 180° rotation.

Powerbank Designed for Outdoor

One benefit to remote work is not being tied to a desk or designated work station. However, that also comes with its challenges, like making sure you have the power to keep all your devices charged and running. For anyone thinking of taking advantage of Canoo's new truck for truly remote working, carrying an extra powerbank is a good idea. A rugged, all-condition powerbank like Nitecore's NPB4 is an even better idea.

The NB4 is small enough to fit in your pocket, but offers enough stored power to charge an iPhone 12 six times. It's fully submersible/waterproof with overcharge, short-circuit, and thermal protection. With dual USB-A and USB-C ports, the bank can quickly charge up to three devices at once.

Three-in-One Emergency Protection

Rounding up our list is a device that is less to cover remote work convenience, and more of a practical gadget to take with when you travel. Mophie's Powerstation Go w/rugged with air compressor is a portable battery with USB ports, air compressor, and car jump starter. It’s a great backup device to keep on-hand for any kind of travel or even just to store in your vehicle for peace of mind protection.

The internal battery and USB charging ports keep you from worrying about going without power, but despite its name, it's more than just a powerstation. The Powerstation Go also includes an air compressor with universal nozzle to inflate anything from vehicle tires to air mattresses and serves as a portable vehicle jump starter. The powerbank comes with mini jumper cables and can start a full-sized truck or 12V vehicle battery in seconds.

The device also combines rugged practicality with modern technology. For example, the adjustable air setting lets you set the desired pressure level on an LCD screen to ensure you get the right amount of air for your intended application. And, safety features including easy-to-read indicator lights, spark-proof jumper cables, and automated checks help make the jump start safe and easy.

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