It’s 2018 and we have brilliant technologies and inventions that have revolutionised the way we work. Smartphones can now produce photos with depth, something achievable only with a camera in the past; and we even have earbuds that translate speech in real time, bridging language barriers to bring people together.
But somehow we still find ourselves lamenting about things that should exist to make our work easier. Yes, when we miss the train to work by just a few seconds, or have to jump on an international flight, we often question – why is teleportation not a thing yet?
We asked the Accela team what they wished existed to make their working lives easier:
Eugenia Hartono – VP of Finance and Operations
A real life Control F and Control Z.
- “Control F: To help me save time by finding the last thing I misplaced… my phone, keys, wallet, cap of my bottle, keep cup when I need my coffee.”
- “Control Z: To undo the last clumsy thing I did like walking into the water cooler, spilling coffee on my white shirt, over ordering and overeating the “large” size bowl at Aloha Poke.”
Joanne Yeke – Recruitment Lead
A laptop that types what you speak into it.
- “When I have a call over the phone and need to take down notes at the same time, this would be such a time-saver (and brain power-saver as well).”
Guilt-free office snacks.
- “They wouldn’t affect you after you’ve eaten them.”
Instant sober device.
- “After a night out with one drink too many, I’d feel sober with just a snap of my hands and be ready for work the next day.”
John Casals – Finance Manager
A magical spell that cancels out the noise around you.
- “Something like the Muffliato Charm in Harry Potter, so I won’t hear those talking around me when doing my work.”
- “Keeps your hot beverage warm until you finish drinking it.”
Portable office bed under my desk.
- “For a quick nap.”
Lord Acuña – IT & Web Developer
Ability to capture things you see with your eyes.
- “It would be so much easier to record videos or take photos without having to whip out your DSLR camera or smartphone and use your eyes instead. Kinda like what they have in one of the seasons of Black Mirror.”
Devi Uthaman – Junior Account Executive
A magazine search engine.
- “I can input keywords and this search engine would make a list of these keywords, scan through a database and help me identify magazines that contain those keywords.”
Rachel Arnold – Account Manager
A Vitamin D light machine.
- “I’m seated far away from the windows at work, so I’d like a light machine at my desk that helps me to get sufficient Vitamin D.”
Kerianne Chin – Junior Account Executive
A thought translator.
- “When things don’t come out the way it was inside your head when you actually say it out – this would help me in those situations.”
Tiffany Chua – Assistant Art Director
Designer’s block ‘unblocker’.
- “Designers have designer’s block just like writers have writer’s block – I would want an ‘unblocker’ for that.
Inspirational and meditational bubble.
- “It’s like a two in one bubble, so I’ll sit inside and come back more inspired and more balanced.”
A thought sketcher.
- “A software that can translate your thoughts and what you see into a rough sketch, or a proper mental picture.”
Markus Tan – Junior Account Executive
A portable infinity storage unit.
- “It’s like a box that I can put anything into and has endless amount of storage.”
External hard drive for human interface.
- “You know how it’s difficult for the human brain to memorise and store a lot of information, for example, when you’re studying for a test. So I’d like a device that I can store data in, and plug into to access info when I need it. It’s similar to an external hard drive for computers, but this one is designed for a human body interface, so it might not be ‘plugged in’ per se.
Justin Kok – Recruitment Consultant
A universal remote control.
- “Have you watched the movie Click? I wish I had the universal remote control like the one in the movie to fast forward, rewind and adjust the volume of things in real life. I could go back in time, amend things and have no regrets.”
Erin Padilla – CEO of Accela
A day stretcher that would give you more hours in a day.
- “A device that would help elongate the day to give me more time to do all the things I need and want to get done. It would be great if you could fast forward through some things as well.”
We later on found out that desk hammocks and light therapy lamps are on the market, so it might just be a matter of time before the rest will be invented as well.