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Dell unveils three concept devices for the future of hybrid work

Dell Concept Stanza
Dell Concept Stanza (Image credit: Dell)

What you need to know

  • Dell announced three concept devices designed for hybrid work: The Concept Flow, Concept Pari, and Concept Stanza.
  • While not made for general sale, these devices showcase Dell's ideas for the future of the hybrid workplace.
  • The Concept Luna laptop was also announced by Dell yesterday, December 14, 2021.

Dell's on a bit of a tear when it comes to concept devices. Yesterday, the company showed off Concept Luna, a laptop designed to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. Today, Dell unveiled three concept devices designed for hybrid work. The Concept Flow, Concept Pari, and Concept Stanza won't be available as commercial or consumer devices, but they illustrate Dell's vision for the future of the hybrid workplace.

Concept Flow isn't a single device. Rather, it's a set of solutions that work together to allow people to transition between devices. Multiple pieces of hardware would support wireless charging, Wi-Fi6E, and apps to facilitate a seamless experience. For example, an office worker could walk up to a laptop and have a mouse, keyboard, and display connect automatically. The laptop would charge wirelessly as well.

Concept Pari is a moveable wireless web camera that could rest on a charging dock, stand, or a compatible display. This would make it easier to have eye contact through virtual meetings and to place the camera in the perfect spot.

Concept Stanza is an 11-inch companion device designed for taking notes. It lacks a microphone or speakers, instead focusing solely on people being able to write down ideas. Images showing off Concept Stanza include a stylus that appears to include a microphone for recording audio.

All of these devices are merely concepts, so they won't be available for purchase. Dell may, however, incorporate ideas from these devices in future pieces of hardware.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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11 Comments
  • Strange and interesting ideas.
  • How is concept Stanza any different than an iPad? Why remove the speakers or microphone? My AirPods already work like Concept Flow. I hope Dell didn’t spend much for these engineers.
  • It's a glorified notepad in the end.
  • Wasn't the whole point of the iPad to take away unnecessary features and focus on a core light computing experience? This would be trolling at par if it were 2010 and you were dismissing the iPad.
  • I wonder how this specifically relates to and enhances hybrid work. To me it is marketing hyping hybrid work and using it for hyping other stuff.
  • Surface Go concept seems more useful than the Stanza concept, it basically does what Stanza does with the note taking and more. I think Stanza will only make sense if very cheap, very light and hence abundant (basically as replacement for pen and paper). Than I can see it making sense, possibly even as second screen.
  • A wireless dock, a wireless camera, and a limited tablet
    Wow, it's a revolution!
  • I like the webcam. My dual-monitor setup at work (3 if I include my notebook's display) always has me not looking at the camera during meetings. I would like a wireless camera that I could stick on top of whatever monitor I'm using at the time. It's a luxury item that I don't need but the concept seems nice. I get the idea for the tablet but there are already far better options that can do more and integrate better with current Microsoft and Apple platforms. I'd much rather carry around an entry-level iPad or Surface Go 2 than a tablet that's just for taking notes.
  • I don't see these catching on. There are too many things that are specialized. IME office workers prefer an all-in-one type of solution that is portable, such as one laptop. For example, after a few years of iPads as companion devices to a desktop I see none nowadays, where iPad and desktop have been replaced by a laptop and docking station(s). Also, IME most office workers aren't techy, even the younger generation. These concepts are too complicated for the average office worker, including the younger generation. I like that they are thinking about the future of the office work place though. They should keep at it.
  • My Surface Duo 2 quite handily works as a notepad already, and I use it in remote work on a daily basis to jot down notes and make video calls. That pretty much takes care of the Pari and Stanza part of this. As for the Flow part, I guess I can see the usefulness of this, but isn't that akin to what low power Bluetooth devices do already? Or perhaps I'm confusing the whole concept. Either way, I just don't see any of this being useful to me, but I'm sure someone will find something useful from this.
  • So...a tablet and a wireless camera. Revolutionary!