With the ability to run a business from a backpack or laptop case, today’s knowledge workers have different workspace needs than previous generations of employees.
The dawn of powerful, portable computing meant that one device can take the place of the Rolodex, file cabinet and desk drawers. The laptop bag and its contents has become the primary instrument of the modern knowledge worker, but it doesn’t really have a good storage place in the office.
Bagpeds can be used at home or commercial offices and in third spaces, including coffee shops, libraries, lobbies and airports.
So now you're a nomadic worker who lives out of a laptop bag. The bag contains your office — your computer, your files, your contacts. Sound familiar? Many workers live out of laptop bags, but have the same problem: Figuring out what to do with them when they get to work, wherever that might be.
Peter Drucker coined the term "knowledge worker" in the late 1950s to describe the transition to the technology and analytical-based skillset that the modern workplace would require.
Local inventor and industrial designer Scott Sikkema coined the term "el BagPed" as the name of his new product, describing a sleekly redesigned office pedestal for bags and other belongings targeted to today's knowledge and "mobile" workers.