I just returned from the EDspaces 2015 show for education furniture. The attendees were largely educators, architects and designers, and resellers seeking to use new furniture concepts to improve learning objectives. Among what I expected to see there, there were also a few surprises. Here are my “cliff” notes from the event if you couldn’t attend:
Introducing motion into the student’s day. There is significant interest in this topic, most certainly fueled by all the recent research proving the benefit of reducing sedentary time. One of the award winners had a wide range of bicycles, walkers and elliptical mechanisms built into desks—a seemingly good idea, but expensive, complex and space-intensive. Perhaps a good specialty solution. Hat’s off to them for their efforts.
Standing desk solutions are starting to emerge. Ergotron’s Bob Hill gave an excellent talk surveying the research supporting the value of standing desks, and discussing how the early adopters have achieved success in their schools. The questions being asked by the audience were not exploratory, rather they had detailed questions about how to successfully implement, such as deciding how many chairs need to be planned in a classroom of standing desks. A key point was the need for student-adjustable desks. In a recent article in FastCompany, the principal of Vallecito Elementary says, “Our current favorite desk has some of the things we need, but is cumbersome to adjust and requires an army of parent volunteers to adjust the desks in each classroom to fit each child. This is obviously not scalable across the country. …”
Collaboration is a top educator priority, but solutions are haphazard. There is clearly a strong desire to provide flexible, re-configurable desk solutions. However, ironically, the most common desks that are touted as collaboration solutions appear to be odd-shaped regular desks. Kidney shaped, trapezoidal, interlocking organic shapes. They look nice, but few are mobile, few allow for height adjustability, and few readily allow the students to reconfigure the classroom quickly. Also there appears to be more attention to color than to performance. The key to developing the ideal collaboration products will be to provide prototypes to innovative educators, and cooperatively work on developing new solutions.
Cheapo tablet/laptop charging carts…yikes! Among the exhibitors there, there were lots of manufacturers with cheap charging carts with power strips. Some even were made of particle board. Please understand that computing devices and their power bricks give off a lot of heat during charging, and they also can draw enough power to blow a circuit breaker or overheat. At a minimum, these carts can reduce lifetime of your computing devices by overheating them, but more seriously, they can be fire hazards. Buy a safe cart with power management and a metal or flame retarded housing please!! The number of fires allowable in a school is ZERO. Look for UL certification labels.
Knockoffs. I was surprised to see copies of one of our products and some other top manufacturer’s products. Please don’t buy copies—it takes a lot of research and development to create a ground breaking product.
I am convinced that this is the beginning of a major trend towards standing desks that will improve our student’s health and learning outcomes. Check out emerging research on juststand.org.
By Pete Segar, CEO, Ergotron Inc., President, Nortek Ergonomics and Productivity Solutions
Creative folks want the ultimate freedom — to do things in their own unique way. Meet Justin, a graphic designer applying his magic to branding projects across the nation. Only problem: a traditional seated workstation was cramping his style, both physically and creatively.
With the new WorkFit-A workstation, Justin now has the option to stand up and create whenever he likes throughout the day. He notes that his work has improved, his body feels better, and his tension is gone. He also appreciates the WorkFit’s amazing functionality and design. It’s been a life changer for him.
Want that same freedom to sit or stand? See Justin’s story
Great ed-tech news! Ergotron was recognized by Tech & Learning Magazine with two Award of Excellence designations for innovative solutions to aid student health and academic performance in our schools. Products honored were the new-category creating, mobile Ergotron LearnFit™ Standing Desk for students, and the Anthro wall-mountable YES Charging Cabinet that powers up mini-laptops in cramped classrooms and media centers.
Tech & Learning’s prestigious Awards of Excellence program recognizes innovative technologies that break new ground as education tools. Winners are selected by panels of professional users, editors and a panel of more than 30 educator judges who tested hundreds of products for their quality, effectiveness, and ease or creative use of technology.
Nurses, you asked and we listened! The StyleView® SV10 cart is the simple solution when a full-blown computer cart isn’t necessary – perfect for EMR and telehealth applications. Ergotron and Anthro combined their deep experience in healthcare to design a streamlined cart that delivers the quality nurses and IT have come to expect from us. The SV10 cart is big enough to get the job done, but small enough to fit into tight quarters like exam rooms, roll right up to a patient’s bedside, or stow in a closet! Easy.
Effortlessly move each cart to the point of need, securely accommodate your device, and position it for comfortable data entry and screen viewing. The carts offer 15″ (38 cm) of effortless vertical height adjustment so you can sit or stand as you work.
Choose from these THREE models to match your device:
While we don’t supply the super-speedy IT elves, we do supply an out-of-the-box experience you’ll love! Available in white or black, the WorkFit-T Sit-Stand Desktop Workstation will open the door to a healthier workstyle. Ready when you are!
Let’s all salute the office pioneers who, braving co-worker ridicule and IT angst, reached for the boxes, books, and other cube accessories to create stand-up desks in their sit-only landscapes.
Folks like Nikki, Amy, Ryan and the others, what were they hoping for? More energy, more focus, or maybe even for a back pain free day away from a sit-only workstyle. Like them, Ergotron is focused on pioneering workstations that get people moving too.
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Adjustable dividers gives you flexibility in which devices you charge together. You can move or remove dividers as needed to create your own custom-size spaces:
For Carts: 40-unit capacity with 1.1ʺ-wide (28 mm) slots and partial shelf for extra storage—ideal for tablets, Chromebooks and Ultrabooks; 30-unit capacity with 1.4ʺ-wide (35 mm) slots—great for full-size laptops or other devices with large cases
For Desktop: 12-unit capacity with 1.1ʺ-wide (28 mm) slots and partial shelf for extra storage—ideal for tablets, Chromebooks and Ultrabooks; 8-unit capacity with 1.4ʺ-wide (35 mm) slots—great for full-size laptops or other devices with large cases of these needed
Central to both carts is Ergotron’s reliable and patented PowerShuttle® power management system which charges up to 30% faster than a standard round-robin charging system so devices are ready you need them, and the system never waste time charging empty slots.
From the classroom to your backroom retail management of devices, this cart has something for everyone. But hey, that’s us. Take a look for yourself!
Santa may have lots of tech in store for you…here’s hoping. Finding ways to store, charge and mount that tech is your job. Thankfully, whether you are bringing new tech home for the holidays, or trying to add new dazzle to your existing TVs, Ergotron’s OmniMount brand has a little something for every room in the house. Scan the Look Book, or match up your brand to the right product in the mount finder. Tech that good deserves to be viewed from any angle. Just saying.
Sometimes we want easy. Sometimes we want it to work, right out of the box. With Ergotron’s newest addition to the WorkFit family, that’s what you get!
Introducing the WorkFit-T Sit-Stand Desktop Workstation. It’s ultra simple. Universal. Great for whatever set up you have—laptop, single or dual monitor—with tool-free, straight up-down adjustment that fits neatly in your desk space.
Working fit is looking pretty good right now, isn’t it? Thought so. Learn more at WorkFit.ergotron.com.