Make Your Home Work for You
Innovation & Tech Today|Summer 2020
First, it was weird, then it was rare, now there is an emergency response. But as the end of the year looms, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, working from home (WFH) has become a regular part of life for more people than ever.
Jennifer Oladipo

Several months have already passed since Shopify’s CEO Tobias Lutke tweeted the company was officially “digital by default” and “office centricity is over.” Facebook, Twitter, Square, and countless other small and mediumsize businesses came to similar conclusions. The future of work is officially here.

So, where does that leave the workforce? Unfortunately for some, it has meant sitting hunched over a laptop in a corner of their home, but that’s not sustainable, or very much fun. It’s time to think bigger. Get your laptop off your knees and own your space. Make it work for you.

Owning your space doesn’t mean recreating a cubicle, bland office, or open plan workstation either. We reached out to tech employers, manufacturers, and dedicated gearheads to find out what technology can help you stretch beyond the boring desk and laptop setup. Everything else is changing, so why not shift your thinking about what the WFH experience can look like?

Whether you’re working at home or planning to stay for the long term, you’re going to need the right gear. It’ll keep you sane and make it possible to reap the benefits while reducing the friction.

Here are some changes you can make to own your WFH space — and the innovations that will help.

Gamify It

Why not let gamers guide you while sitting at home on your computer all day? The market has responded to them with a slew of options that boast substantial back and neck support and incredible comfort.

Now, you could choose a respectable, low profile, all-black chair. But why not go for something space aged like Anda Seat Assassin King, or an AKRacing Master Series Pro that looks like it was designed for a racecar driver — because it was?

While your gaming chair wraps itself around your body, you can let your screen wrap around you as well. Acer’s Predator X34 is marketed for the immersive experience it provides for gaming and viewing, but curved screens also have practical benefits. A single large curved display is more ergonomic than multiple flat displays.

They’ve also been shown to reduce eye fatigue, especially if you’re working in a poorly lit environment — a high probability if your home workspace was originally designed as a bedroom or basement.

Work It Out

As a result of the pandemic, WFH may be just one part of a general reduction in the amount of time we’re getting up and getting out. But that’s no excuse not to take care of yourself. Even the smallest space can be enhanced with a few health tools to help you stay productive.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM INNOVATION & TECH TODAYView All

Plugging in

The contemporary home is already much different than what our grandparents were used to with the internet and smart devices laying around.

3 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
2020 Year-End Issue

If You Can't Join ‘Em… Stream ‘Em

This fall, Ricky Gervais was living his best lockdown life. Hollywood was on pause, but the actor and comedian kept in full stride. Binging fans had made his Netflix series After Life the most watched British comedy for the second year in a row while he stayed home writing a third season.

7 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
2020 Year-End Issue

Space Jam

NASA bands together with industry for a return to the moon

4 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
2020 Year-End Issue

Nothing Goes Over His Head

Despite movie delays, Dave Bautista is bigger than ever.

7 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
2020 Year-End Issue

JUST IN TIME

Robots in a 5G World

2 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
2020 Year-End Issue

Cool Technologies to Teach Kids About Medicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear; we need more good doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and medical technology innovators.

4 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
2020 Year-End Issue

THE TOP 50 MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

THE TOP 50 MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

3 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
2020 Year-End Issue

No Mercy

Ralph Macchio Talks Tech, the Switch to Netflix, and Season 3 of Cobra Kai

7 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
2020 Year-End Issue

Escapism and Entertainment

How Video Games Are Getting Us Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

5 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
2020 Year-End Issue

Make Your Home Work for You

First, it was weird, then it was rare, now there is an emergency response. But as the end of the year looms, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, working from home (WFH) has become a regular part of life for more people than ever.

6 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Summer 2020
RELATED STORIES

Acer Aspire TC-895-UA91: Budget PC Editors' Choice

The Acer Aspire TC-895-UA91 is, in many ways, just what most budget desktop shoppers are looking for.

8 mins read
PC Magazine
April 2021

TWITTER TO ESTABLISH LEGAL ENTITY IN TURKEY, COMPLY WITH LAW

Twitter has announced it will establish a legal entity in Turkey in order to continue operating in the country, which passed a controversial social media law last year.

1 min read
Techlife News
Techlife News #491

CONGRESS TO PRESS BIG TECH CEOS OVER SPEECH, MISINFORMATION

The CEOs of social media giants Facebook, Twitter and Google face a new grilling by Congress Thursday, one focused on their efforts to prevent their platforms from spreading falsehoods and inciting violence.

4 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #491

TEXAS AG SAYS PROBE TO CONTINUE DESPITE TWITTER LAWSUIT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that a lawsuit by Twitter won’t deter his office from investigating the content moderation practices of the social media giant and four other major technology companies.

2 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #489

iOS 14: HOW TO MAKE YOUR iPHONE ‘AESTHETIC'

BY USING SHORTCUTS TOGETHER WITH CUSTOM WIDGETS AND THE APP LIBRARY, YOU CAN BUILD A TOTALLY UNIQUE HOME SCREEN LOOK.

4 mins read
Macworld
March 2021

Porsche Design Acer Book RS: This stylish, blazingly fast laptop lives up to its name

The detachable display and 360-degree hinge of the original Porsche Design Book One are gone, now replaced by sheer speed.

10+ mins read
PCWorld
March 2021

GOOGLE FIRES AI MANAGER WHO PROTESTED HER PEER'S DEPARTURE

Google has fired a leader of its artificial intelligence ethics team in the fallout from the recent departure of another former employee involved in the same field.

1 min read
AppleMagazine
AppleMagazine #487

What Robinhood and Apple Have in Common

There’s a curious thread connecting Robinhood, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple this year: The technology companies are starting to take active responsibility for what happens on their platforms.

2 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
February 15 - 22, 2021

TWITTER POSTS STRONG Q4 RESULTS AS USER BASE, REVENUE JUMPS

Twitter posted solid results for the last three months of 2020, capping what CEO Jack Dorsey called “an extraordinary year” for the platform. New users signed on in large numbers to follow the world’s events in real time despite the challenges of election misinformation and intensifying calls to ban now former President Donald Trump.

1 min read
AppleMagazine
Feburary 12, 2021

MSI Alpha 15 (Late 2020): 2nd-Gen Evolution

REVIEWS / HARDWARE

8 mins read
PC Magazine
February 2021