Technology has been the primary driving force behind the evolution of office furniture. Over the past 50 years we’ve seen standard office technology progress from electric typewriters, room sized computers, and mimeograph machines, to today’s flatscreen displays, handhelds, and the Cloud. Communication streams that used to take days are now live and instant. Our capabilities have expanded exponentially and so have our expectations!
Furniture design changes as technology improves. The deep work surface corners and tall cubicles that supported large CRT monitors and desktop computers have become obsolete. Furniture manufacturers and designers are continually developing new furniture to support the most current work styles and technology tools.
Conference rooms are one area where technology has radically changed the office landscape. As the size and cost of audio visual technology has come down and wireless connection is an office standard, “conferencing” has become a verb! Conferencing has become much more than a physical meeting place for people to come together. Today’s conferencing is interactive and pervasive.
Within the traditional conference room, tables are now ordered or can be retrofitted with integrated electrical/data boxes integrated so that electronics, conferencing phones and other devices can be easily connected. Within conference rooms and other “collaborative spaces” there’s a growing demand for shared visual presentations. Furniture carts with integrated electrical/data allow screens, equipment, and presentation tools to be moved from room to room, housing all equipment in one functional location.
Teknion’s soon-to-be introduced “Logiq” furniture line uniquely blends furniture and technology with an energy saving “integrated plug-load management system”. From a handheld tablet like an iPad, the user will be able to “measure, analyze and control energy consumption” within a work area. Another new product from Teknion is “ClubTalk” which supports “sharing of data from multiple devices (like laptops and enabled smartphones) on a much larger display screen.” ClubTalk includes integrated electrical and data, a shared worksurface (table) and multiple device storage in either a fixed or mobile version. Logiq and Clubtalk are just a few of the latest furniture adaptations to technology which are designed to use less physical space yet generate greater productivity in a comfortable environment.
(From the Teknion website)
For more information on the Logiq: http://www.teknion.com/pressroom/pressrelease-NeoCon-LOGIQ-11-5-2012.asp
For more information on the ClubTalk: http://www.teknion.com/pressroom/pressrelease-NeoCon-CLUBtalk-11-5-2012.asp
Written by Kattie Thompson at Citron WorkSpaces
Citron WorkSpaces is a furniture resource partner providing new, used, and "blended" solutions for corporate, start-up, healthcare, senior living, and education clients. We are experts at planning, specifying, ordering, and installing furniture for requirements ranging from complex multiple location projects to a single home office, and offer attractive monthly rental terms as well as lease financing options. Citron is strongly committed to keeping old furniture out of landfills by "matchmaking" with startups and non-profits that need furniture for little or no cost.
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We’re thrilled to have been named to CE Pro’s 2013 “Top 100” list of largest custom residential integrators!
Logic Integration would like to share our number 50 ranking with our outstanding product partners who help us install the best residential AV systems in the Rocky Mountain region and nationwide. And of course, we can’t go without thanking our valued customers who motivate us to create innovation in every project.CE Pro’s 15th annual list of the highest revenue residential integration companies in North America reported significant improvement at 11 percent growth across the industry. Logic Integration is recognized among recognizable high-end custom integrators and entry-level home-automation based dealers across North America
Thanks CE Pro!
Thank you to our product partners:
Apple, AVAD, Biamp, Brandsource, Chief, CinemaTech, Cisco, Citron, Control Authority, Crestron, Crown, Cutting Edge, Da-lite, Digital Data, Digital Projection, Extron, Draper, Egan, Franz Design Group, Harmony/Request, HCA, IAVI, IC Realtime, Ingram Micro, JBL, Kaleidescape, Kevro, Key Digital, Leon, Liberty Wire, Mechoshade, Middle Atlantic, Milestone, Momentum Group, NEC, Nuvo, Panamax, Planar, Polycom, QSC, Shure, Sennheiser, Sharp, Sonos, Sony, SpeakerCraft, Stewart, Vaddio, Integra, Lutron, PMC, Revel, Runco/Planar , Universal Remote, Vaddio, Polycom...(to name a few)
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So I commonly asked myself why everyone was so excited to get a Sonos for Christmas ….after receiving mine I can honestly tell you it’s a must have for any home or business.
This Wireless HiFi system is the way to go for us music lovers. Here are some key highlights:
• You connect wirelessly to your Android or Apple devices
• 100,000 free radio stations, shows and podcasts – for FREE!
• Amazon cloud player
• Plays music from your iPod or iPhone
• Computer music playback
How awesome is it that you can purchase one PLAY and easily connect other players in multiple rooms by using a BRIDGE. Its one of the simplest systems to add a piece at a time without breaking the bank. You can play a different song in each room at the same time or listen to the same song in every room in perfect synchronization. The set up was so simple even I was able to do it!
-Written by Sabina Claus
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The iPad has many App’s to help with everyday life…but for a business it can incorporate all kinds of efficiency’s. The launch of the new Mini iPad has us all excited here at Logic AV as this product has all the same bells and whistles the full size iPad has.
Here is a few of our favorites:
• Timecard entry and submissions
• Crestron remote application – not only does it allow us to control HVAC but our audio & visual toys in our showroom
• order product
• SharePoint – houses all our install schedules, order requests, RMA tracking, order tracking, time off, fleet vehicle logs, customer contacts, work orders, Inventory, maintenance contract tracking, Invoice requests, travel agent requests, sales funnel
• Sonos remote application
• Dropbox access
• Facetime – allowing our tech’s to trouble shoot both internally and with customers
• Apple TV
• and much more.
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Here at Logic Integration, Inc. we have been receiving calls in regards to the annual spring cleaning event most homes go through this time of year…and if you own a Home Theatre system you should have some basic do’s and don’ts when it comes to this invested area of your home.
Screens – there are many types out there and of course that means many ways of cleaning them, the number one word of advice we can give you is Windex® is a big no and secondly refer to the manufacture website as to what can be used to clean these screens.
Projectors – they do get dusty and the lamps from time to time can dim…Canned Air should not be used to clean the dust out; the cold air can freeze components of the projector and create a costly mistake. A dry dust rag is all you should use to take the dust off your projector and regular maintenance from your technician will assist with keeping the light brilliant from your projection system.
Equipment Rack – The more dust that collects on this costly equipment the harder it has to work to keep from overheating. Customers commonly ask if vacuums are ok to suck the dust out, while most home vacuums do have the odd soft brush attachment for the hose it can be a little intrusive and end up sending dust into the equipment instead of removal. Dust feathers and/or a Swiffter® without any oils will do an “ok” job of keeping the dust off, but you may want to keep away from moving your equipment around, as this could put strain on your wires and loose connection.
Sound Proof walls , Furniture & Curtains – these all can be done with typical home vacuum, but if any spills occur contact a professional cleaner to come assess the situation. Most home theatres have special carpet and curtains to assist with acoustics and typical carpet/drape cleaning solutions can bleach out or burn the fabrics.
The basic components of any home theatre need regular love and attention on a quarterly basis…and should have dedicated time and attention.
A cost efficient solution is to ensure you system has a maintenance contract. Just imagine using your home theatre the way you intended it to…a way to lock yourself in for “clean” entertainment
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