It took a while for tablets to take off here in Australia, but as cloud technology and unified communication systems became more widespread, we started seeing their potential in the workplace. However, this versatile device might be enjoying its last moments in the spotlight as we make way for the latest in ultra-mobility - wearable computers.
The introduction of smartwatches has had a tangible effect on the devices of yesteryear, with tablet sales dropping 20 per cent in 2014, according to figures collated by analytics firm Telsyte. Last year, Apple staked its claim as Australia's tablet of choice, but only Windows tablets saw an actual increase in unit sales.
So, as this mobile landscape continues to shift, what benefit does wearable technology like smartwatches actually provide?
In the age of communication, keeping employees connected with prospects is more important than ever before. Used in conjunction with a smart device and a flexible phone system, a smartwatch allows you to stay in touch with customers and colleagues in situations where using your smartphone would be impractical.
As noted above, keeping the avenues of communication open is important. However, being glued to your phone 24/7 is not possible and, in many ways, is counter-productive to getting work done. A wearable computer discreetly shows you recent messages, allowing you to quickly filter through important notifications without diverting your attention from the task at hand.
Despite being very much a new technology, thousands of apps are already available for some of the more popular brands of smartwatches. These apps unlock a range of different functions, including voice control, cloud integration and various fitness tracking systems.
While it's still to early to see exactly how wearable computers will shape Australia's digital future, the potential benefits of adopting such an ultra-mobile device cannot be ignored.