Every one of us has a unique role to play in this world. Some of these can be easily compartmentalized because they are contained within a specific geographical area. As a result of new arrangements that have resulted in many people being confined to their homes, the distinction between work and play has begun to become more ambiguous. While there are those who advocate for having different spaces and even desks for different tasks, the majority of people are likely to have to make do with just one at their house. But if Razer’s Project Sophia concept comes to fruition in the real world, that will be a problem of the distant past.
Regardless of whether you have one desk or three, you most likely have different setups for the various roles you perform. Work may require you to be professional and productive, but video or audio streaming necessitates the use of specialized tools in order to maintain high quality while reducing noise. A single desk that could reconfigure itself depending on the task at hand would be a welcome improvement over the current situation of having to switch between setups and desks. While an autonomous workspace is probably still a pipe dream, Razer is imagining the next best thing in terms of technology.
With strong magnets and clever electronics, Project Sophia is a modular desk concept that can be reconfigured to suit the needs of the user, depending on the task at hand. Actually, the desk itself is an illusory computer, powered by an Intel processor and NVIDIA graphics to operate the modular system. There’s even a massive OLED screen, which can be either 66 or 77 inches in size, so you have a truly complete computer setup even if you don’t use the modules.
But it is those modules that are the secret sauce behind Project Sophia. These attach to the underside of the desk’s glass surface and provide a wide range of functionality for a variety of different use cases. As a streamer, the idea is that you can quickly swap out modules when switching from one job to another without having to leave your desk. Except, perhaps, for the purpose of obtaining the modules you require and reconfiguring the desk.
Razer claims that there are 13 different modules in total, including a programmable hotkey, media controls, system monitors, and a wireless charging station. According to the company, there is even a cup warmer module available for those who enjoy their coffee hot. There’s also an RGB LED strip running the length of the desk, which people can customize to suit their mood in typical Razer fashion.
If these images inspire you to daydream about futuristic dashboards and cockpits, you wouldn’t be too far off the mark from being correct. Sadly, Razer’s Project Sophia is still only a concept at this point, much like the majority of those mentioned above. However, it is an exciting concept nonetheless, especially for those who find themselves in multiple shoes in a single day.