From iMat to iDesk: The Future of Engineering Appliance

What do you think about the future designer workspace? I assume some of my readers remember drawing board in multiple variation when it was a primary working place for engineer and designers.

However, time is running fast, and we probably need to think about the future of engineering workspace. Few years ago, Microsoft was talking about surface computer. I was monitoring recent CES event in Las Vegas and trying to find anything that can lead me to the future trends. 82 inch Gorilla-glass multitouch display was presented by Perspective Pixel. I didn’t find any engineering and design examples of such big-screen usage, but I can imagine them.

Now let me dream a bit about the future. I was laughing some time ago, when the following set of Steve Jobs pictures was published – iPhone, iPad, iBoard, iMat.

At the same time, things can become serious. Navigate your browser to the following article in MacLife. Rethink Apple- iDesk.

What is my conclusion? Thinking 10 years ago, it was hard to predict today’s computing realities. At the time when computers soon to become accessorizes (e.g. iWatchz), the future of iDesk for engineers can become a reality in 5-7 years. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg

4 Responses to From iMat to iDesk: The Future of Engineering Appliance

  1. Anurag Jain says:


    Interesting read. While facilitation of the large life size visualization and interactivity are helping, it is difficult to imagine what else would it offer in 3D engineering/analysis world beyond what is being offered today. So, moving from onscreen to on-projection may help – with virtual/augmented reality….however, engineers (hands on) want to touch stuff physically. There is immense need of correlation. The challenges of As Designed-As Build-As Maintained Geometry (profile) are still keeping Reliability Engineers occupied. Challenge with on-site availability of Visualization where space (that too planar) availability is itself a question.

    It will be interesting to see how this emerges.

    Thanks for cajoling thoughts, once again….


  2. Anurag, thanks for your thoughts and comments! I agree, this is a place where innovation is still coming. Complex visualization has a lot of potential, but I’m not sure know how to discover it. Just my thoughts… Best, Oleg

  3. Anurag Jain says:


    Interestingly, I saw this video from Corning “A day made of Glass”….at Please have a look, it presents a lot of futuristic ideas, pegged in today’s technological advancements, with an art (or to say Glass) of possibility….

    Enjoy weekend, and Superbowl.


    Anurag Jain

  4. Anurag, thanks for comments and links to Corning visionary videos. Best, oleg

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