Why your office needs an Air3 Meeting Pod

Why your office needs an Air3 Meeting Pod

Agile working is a tricky term to describe and it’s even trickier to get the setup of an agile working environment right…

It’s less about the place or even the time of working, and more about how the work is done in order to get the best results possible.  With this in mind, manufacturers and designers put their heads together to come up with office solutions that will help individuals perform better whether they need to stand, sit, perch or constantly move around while working.

One certainty, however, is that you would need a spot where your employees could escape the hustle and bustle and sit in quiet if they need to or where they can have private meetings.

And that’s where the Air3 comes in.  The system is customisable, demountable, can easily be reconfigured and, unlike partitioning, there are no dilapidation costs to consider.

This means that Air3 Pods follow the agile working philosophy and are the perfect tool to help you increase the office productivity. Being a non-fixed feature, these pods can be moved or taken with you when moving offices and can be fully customised to fit in with your corporate colours and look.

Its speech privacy credentials are second to none and will make sure that employees who need some quiet to work in can do so without being disturbed by other workers. The acoustic qualities, however, work both ways, which means that confidential meetings can be held in Air3 meeting pods without the fear of being overheard or of disturbing workers on the outside.

Here are five reasons why you should buy an Air3 Meeting Pod:

1. Silence is golden, and the designers of the Air3 understand that. That’s why the Meeting Pods offer workers the closest thing to…silence… All of the meeting pods are fine-tuned to human speech and actually filter out 95% of outside noise through the clever use of soft panelling and insulation.

2. We live in an ever-changing world where flexibility is key. That’s why all the Air3 models are completely flexible and unfixed. Moving office? No worries! Just pack up your meeting pod and cart it with you!

3. Variety is (apparently) the spice of life, and for that reason, Air3 Pods come as standard with interchangeable panels. Colour-code your pod to match up with your current office interiors or design your own personalised visibility strips (no one likes walking into a meeting with a bloody nose…) that echo your brand personality.

4. Air3 Pods are available with power and data modules. Oh, and don’t let anyone fool you: size matters. The Air3 Meeting Pod range comes in sizes ranging from one person units to boardroom sized units, meaning there’s an option that will meet your office’s needs!

5. Air3 Meeting pods have a totally unique opening and closing roof system to satisfy the most stringent of Global Building Regulations and Standards in the UK / EU, US and the Asia Pacific regions. The Air3’s patented roof allows users to control airflow at the flick of a switch, with the roof opening and closing as desired, releasing heat build-up and creating a more comfortable environment inside the pod.

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Air3: Make the meeting in a pod

Air3: Make the meeting in a pod

The corporate world loves a good old meeting. So much so in fact, that Londoners only just missed out on a podium-spot in the world-rankings of most-meetings-held-in-one-year – just behind the likes of Silicon Valley, LA and New York (we can remedy this by scheduling meetings about having more meetings…).

An American company, Blue Jeans Network, made a study about the state of the modern day office meeting and the picture it painted was quite an interesting one.

We’re having more meetings than ever. And with each meeting lasting an average of 36 minutes, having the perfect meeting place is paramount. The problem, however, comes with the rising trend of co-working environments and hot-desking offices. Finding a suitable meeting place is becoming increasingly difficult, especially when the meeting requires a video call and a quiet environment.

Enter then Air3 Meeting Pods. Fully demountable and easy to set-up, Air3 Pods can be erected anywhere in an open plan office to create a quiet meeting space. So quiet in fact, that it comes standard with a sound absorption level that is fine-tuned to human speech – 100hz to 5000hz. Through optimised insulation levels and innovative soft panelling inside and out, this is the ultimate acoustic office pod.

According to Blue Jeans Network’s study, video conferencing (at least 25% of all meetings have one or more video-participants) is on the up. Luckily Spacio Bricks allow for data and network support, which means that AV units can easily be installed to meet the needs of video conferences.

With a totally fresh aesthetic, the unique look of Air3 is seamless beauty; with high-quality glass screens and technically advanced soft panelling, this is a solid architecture that is also soft to the touch. With fully interchangeable panels you’re in control of how your Air3 looks.

These are just some of the features our Air3 pods come with as standard:

Airflow: Patented roof allows users to control airflow at the flick of a switch, with the roof opening and closing as desired, releasing heat build-up and creating a more comfortable environment inside the pod.

Straight doors: The door can open from Right to Left or Left to Right (the latter option can be specified at point of order, with a manufacturing upcharge).

Safety first: The unique roof system satisfies the most stringent Global Building Regulations and Standards, not just in the UK and EU, but in the US and Asia Pacific regions too. No need for expensive impractical misting systems or fire extinguishers in this pod! There is a six-step fail-safe system allowing the roof to open automatically via actuators, should there be a power or detector failure.

Versatile – Interchangeable panels; change the colours or fabrics of the pod whenever you like, or to integrate with the rest of the office after a redesign.

Visibility Strips: To conform to BS 8300 and Approval Document M for DDA/Health and Safety Requirements we recommend adding visibility strips for sliding doors. You can apply your own design if you prefer.

New Air3 Meeting Pod is the best yet

New Air3 Meeting Pod is the best yet

If you’ve read our recent post on the office trends that are shaping the workplace of today, you’d have seen that it’s all about creating open spaces where collaboration and cross-pollination can flourish.

But what if you need a bit of solitude, a spot where you can grab a second or two of much-needed quietness to crunch some numbers or have a confidential conversation with a colleague without worrying about others overhearing.

Enter then the Air3 Meeting Pod.

Eight years ago Orangebox completed the first prefabricated room system ­– the AIREA acoustic pod range. And after several awards and accolades, the folks at Orangebox decided to step things up a bit and came up with their new Air3 Meeting Pod.

With the Air3, it does exactly what it says on the box; it’s an un-tethered flexible room built from high-quality glass and soft acoustic panelling. Throw in interchangeable panels to keep things fresh, and you’ve got a very pleasant capsule where you can isolate yourself from the outside world.

The Air 3 Meeting Pod is, however, more than the sum of its parts. Apart from the acoustic privacy it offers (which by the way, is quite impressive…), it is also designed to pass the most stringent building regulations and standards with flying colours.

Slits in the ceiling of the pod are fitted with integrated smoke and heat detectors and the moment the sensors detect a problem, power to the pod is cut and the roof opens to allow sprinklers to drown out any threats. Nifty!

Available as a meeting pod or mini pod –a single person unit – these are a must-have for any business.

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Gatwick should’ve gotten Air3 Meeting Pods…

Office meeting pods have become all the rage in the business world. Gatwick Airport just became the proud owner of tiny workpods, which will allow businessmen and women to go about their business on the fly. For a paltry £12, Regus gives you no less than thirty minutes worth of sit-time in one of their pods. And that is completely justified you might say, filling out an online form to connect to the airport’s free Wi-Fi is, after all, such a drag…

 

Sarcasm aside, a hair-breadth wider than an old-school telephone booth, the workpod comes standard with a desk and a chair, a computer screen and telephone (for local calls only), a mobile-device charger and Wi-Fi. That’s a whole lot of technology in a meeting pod the size of a shoebox.

 

But Gatwick could’ve done better. They could have chosen the Air3 Meeting Pod…and here are five reasons why:

 

1. Silence is golden, and the folk over at Orangebox understand that. That’s why their Air3 Meeting Pods offer workers the closest thing to…silence… All their meeting pods are fine-tuned to human speech (100hz – 5000hz) through the clever use of soft paneling and insulation, which means aeroplanes can take off and land beside you and all you’ll hear is your director’s voice on the other side of the phone!

 

2. We live in an ever-changing world where flexibility is key. That’s why all the Air3 models are completely flexible and unfixed. Moving office? No worries just pack up your meeting pod and cart it with you!

 

3. Variety is apparently the spice of life, and for that reason the Air3 Meeting Pods come standard with interchangeable panels. Colour-code your pod to match up with your office decorations or design your own personalised visibility strips that echo your brand personality.

 

4. Air3 Meeting Pods are available with power and data modules, a very nifty air-condition system and fixed desks. Oh, and don’t let anyone fool you; size matters. The Air3 Meeting Pod range comes in sizes ranging from petite to gargantuan, meaning there’s any option that will meet your office’s needs!

 

5. It’s all about the safety! Air3 meeting Pods feature a six step fail-safe mechanism that keeps workers safe in case of emergencies. The safety mechanism detects any sudden rises in temperatures or the appearance of smoke and opens the roof of the pod for sprinklers to reach the inside in the event of the fire. Simultaneously power to the pod is cut automatically. Ingenious!

The AIRO is what sets the AIR3 apart from the competition

The technical aspects and innovations that went into the design and manufacturing of AIR 3 acoustic meeting pods are legion.

Apart from the customisability of both the exterior and interior of the meeting pods – in terms of material colour and visibility strips on the glass – and the myriad of technological features, like the fact that you are virtually soundproof inside the pod whilst still having access to the Internet through integrated power and data modules, the AIR 3 acoustic meeting pod also keeps you safe…

The design of the meeting pods are enhanced with the addition of AIRO, a revolutionary and internationally patented roof system which features an advanced fire safety system for sprinklered office environments.

With built-in smoke and heat sensors, the AIRO roof is designed to have numerous folding panels, which fold open automatically within eight seconds when a fire is detected.

The six step fail safe system is designed to cut power to the pods the moment smoke or fire is detected, but luckily the actuators don’t need power to open the roof in this instance, but rather rely on a mechanical spring release.

By opening the roof electronically while it is in use, the AIRO also allows for the release of a heat build up and an instantaneous burst of that all too important fresh air!

The AIRO is available in al the AIR 3 models which that whatever your needs are, you can still enjoy the benefits of the AIRO.

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Air 20 Minipod: The Phone Booth Re-incarnated

The telephone booth is dead – ripped from the ground, hacked to bits by mysterious artists, or modernised to serve as charging points for it’s great, great grandchild, the mobile telephone. In Germany, they get sent here to peacefully rust away the remainder of their days in the company other chatterboxes: Bti4T3xCQAIIqD7 copy

All, however is not lost… Through the Airea, the phone booth lived on, albeit in the office environment. And in turn the Airea Phone Booth evolved into the ultra modern, uber-chic Air 20 and 21 Minipod.

Being only a foot or so wider than the Airea Phone Booth, the new Air 20 Minipod is the ideal solution for businesses with limited space or that need a few separate spaces where people can work in peace and quiet.

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It also comes with all the mod cons you’d expect in the year 2014: the Air 21 has a table and power and data modules which means you can happily sit and type on your computer – while linked to the Internet – or plug in your iPad while you read the latest instalment of Après Planet…

Air 3 Meeting Pods: Technically Sound

The Air 3 Meeting Pod range is to office furniture what Rolls Royce is to the motoring world, but more affordable…

In the Air 3 Meeting Pod range there are nine different models, with different shapes and sizes, ensuring any office space – big or small – can enjoy the benefits the Air 3 Meeting Pod brings to the workplace.

Despite differences in size and shape, all the meeting pods have the same acoustic features and are fine-tuned to human speech – 100hz to 5000hz – through the clever use of state of the art optimised insulation panels on both the inside and out.

With the Air 3 Mini Pod as the exception, the rest of the range all have the option of being installed with a patented roof which allows users to control the airflow and noise pollution levels inside the pod with a simple press of a button. Panels in the roof allow for opening and closing, which is important both for releasing heat buildup and blocking out external noise.

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This clever roof system doubles up as an important safety feature as built-in smoke and temperature detectors automatically open the roof when they are set off. This six-step fail-safe system adheres to all safety regulations:

1. Integrated smoke detector cuts power to the pod & opens the roof.

2. Integrated heat detector cuts power to the pod & opens the roof.

3. PIR opens the roof when not in use during the day & also equally important at night.

4. Removal or failure of the smoke detector cuts power to the pods & opens the roof.

5. Optional connection to the building fireboard. In the event of a fire alarm power is cut to the pod opening the roof.

6.In the event of a power failure the roof will, by default, always open.

Service hoops are offered as an option on all the pods from the Half Square Pod all the way up to the Large Square Pod. These service hoops allows for power and data to be added to the impressive list of features the pods offer. As an addition, adjustable screen arms can also be fixed to the service hoop.

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Aesthetically the pods offer massive versatility as all the soft panels are interchangeable and available in a wide range of colours. To conform to BS 8300 and Approval Document M for DDA/Health and Safety Requirements we recommend adding visibility strips to the sliding doors. These designs can be made bespoke according to requirements. You therefore have no excuse to not use an Air 3 Meeting Pod…

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The history of the Phone Booth: Part Four

Ah, the phone booth – yes, that very same thing in which Mr. Kent prefers to slip into his spandex and don his hero-garb before rushing off to save many a damsel in distress – has since perhaps the mid 1900’s, become inextricably mixed with popular culture.

When delving into the arcane history of Superman, it however, becomes quite clear that there are in fact very few references to The Man of Steel changing in a phone booth. But despite Clark Kent’s apparent modesty, the first instance where he did use a public phone booth was in The Mechanical Monsters way back on 28 November 1941 (have a look at a clip from the video here). And thus the phone booth entered pop culture.

In 1942 Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the very creators of the legendary hero, also used a phone booth for Clark Kent to change in. Whilst inside the the phone booth he famously said to himself, “This definitely isn’t the most comfortable place in the world to switch garments, but I’ve got to change identities – and in a hurry!”

The blokes who came up with the idea of phone booth stuffing, conversely, thought it was a perfectly fine place chill…

Only a couple of years after the phone booth made its comic-debut in Superman, two dozen South African students in Durban decided to see how many men a phone booth can accommodate – however uncomfortable it might get! They managed 25. Yep, twenty-five beef-eating, beer-drinking students, in a box roughly 83 x 33 x 33 inches!

The Americans soon saw this as a fun challenge and decided to try and perfect the art of human Tetris. The fad swiftly grew and in 1959 the St. Mary’s College made an attempt on the record but only managed 22 students while LIFE Magazine was on hand to snap pictures of this historical effort.

And here’s a video from 2009 where students from the same college try to reproduce the original results…

Various sets of rules came into existence – depending on the country and university – and British rules required at least one stuffee to make or receive a call whilst stuffed, if of course you can find a working phone booth!

Currently the Guinness World Record stands (sits, lies, squats and crouches) at 27 people crammed into a booth designed for ten (so it’s a bit of a cheat really…) but no photos of the event exists which brings to mind that brilliantly suited 21st century axiom: Pics or it didn’t happen!

On a magical front the 13th most powerful woman in Britain (Woman’s Hour, 2013), J.K. Rowling, decided that the Ministry of Magic should be accessed by that mystical and much loved object that is the red phone booth.

The booth whisks wizards and witches from the ground floor to the Artium on floor B6; all they have to do is dial 62442 on the telephone. Why 62442? Because it spells “magic” you muggle!

Other popular movies have also referred to or featured phone booths. In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 cult classic The Birds, Melanie Daniels hides from the attacking avians in a phone booth. In Dirty Harry (1971) Clint Eastwood’s character has to race from telephone booth to telephone booth in order to save a young girl who is being held hostage by a serial killer.

It is, however with Phone Booth (2002) where the booth becomes the star of the show as the entire film takes place in a phone booth. Stuart Shepherd, played by Collin Ferrell, finds himself trapped in a phone booth by a psychotic sharpshooter for the duration of the film. Poor Collin, if Superman found it a bit of a tight squeeze just to change in, imagine what being trapped in it for 81mins. must have felt like.

Closer to home, the artist, Banksy, has used phone booths in several of his works. Appearing overnight in Soho in 2006, this bent and bleeding booth gave rise to BT spokesman saying, “This is a stunning visual comment on BT’s transformation from an old-fashioned telecommunications company into a modern communications services provider.”

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Image courtesy of eddiedangerous, Banksy at Red Auction, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Adding to his booth collection, the artist transformed the side of a house in Chaltenham earlier this year (and tripling its value…) to show secret agents eavesdropping on a phone booth, which was already there.

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Image courtesy of abrinsky, Listen to Nothing, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It seems then, that despite the rise of the cellphone and the demise of the booth, its legacy will live on in popular culture.

Proving to be as popular as its street-faring inspiration, the Air3 Office Phone Booth can be put to use in any modern office environment. Customizable and flexible, the Air3 Phone Booth allows you to have those confidential conversations without having to leave the office. And if, unlike those Durbanites and St Mary’s students, you don’t like to be crammed, bigger Air3 options are available.

The History of the Telephone Box: Part 3

 

So, the telephone booth, in its original incarnation, is dead. Long live the telephone booth!

 

And in fact, long it will live, because for reasons unbeknownst, film producers and creepy guys with long hair and dark glasses have taken a rather keen interest in them…

 

Back in 1997 a certain Mr. N, as he dubbed himself, saw a speck on a map in the middle of nowhere with the word “telephone” written next to it. He decided to make a trip out of finding the telephone booth, got in his Jeep and headed into the Mojave Desert.

 

After driving around for a considerable amount of time and being lost for the most part of it, Mr. N found it! Eight miles from the closest paved road and fifteen miles from the closest numbered highway at an intersection of two dirt roads. In other words, smack bang in the middle of nowhere.

 

Chuffed with his finding, Mr. N headed back home and wrote a letter to a small underground magazine. Ending his letter with “It works” and the telephone number: (760) 377-9969.

 

On the 26th of May Godfrey Daniels read the article and became, shall we say, a wee bit obsessed. Each day Daniels dialed the number and later on started writing post-its to himself as a reminder to dial the number…

 

Luckily, within a relatively short space of time (considering the bizarre location), Daniels got an answer. One Lorene Aiken answered and after a bit of prompting divulged that she lived in the desert to mine volcanic cinder to make cinder blocks.

 

Spurred on by this interaction, Daniels decided to visit his much loved, but never seen, Mojave Booth en route to Burning Man. And to make a long story short, Daniels’ visit and subsequent word-of-mouth campaign gave the booth a cult following.

 

It also attracted some rather suspect characters, most notably, the man who claimed that the Holy Spirit directed him to the booth where he camped out for 32 days and fielded over 500 calls. Some of which came from a man claiming to be calling from the pentagon and saying that the booth was in fact a military installation.

 

But, alas, all this (most would say unwarranted) attention came at a price. On May the seventeenth, 2000 the booth was removed and destroyed after it was found that all the campers, inquisitives and zealots were damaging the environment, which is located in the Mojave National Preserve.

 

 

Fueled by the stories of other pilgrims traveling to the booth, film director John Putch decided to make an indie film, creatively titled Mojave Phone Booth, about it and although no Oscars were won, it did come away with no less than thirteen (some booth-aficionados would probably read something into the significance of this too…) other prizes and awards!

 

And now, seventeen years after the hype that was the Mojave Booth, another type of booth is gaining a cult following.

 

You might not find the Air3 Office Phone Booth in an exotic location like the Mojave Desert, but it is designed to be portable and can fit any modern office space. It offers the perfect soundproof spot for office staff needing some private space to make a phone call…perhaps even to someone sent by the Holy Spirit to camp somewhere near an old booth in the desert.

 

Photo: ELBAULDEJOSET

The History of the Telephone Box: Part 2

Here in Queen’s country we like to think of ourselves as being rather great at inventing things. With the thermos flask, lawnmower, light bulb, Television, telephone, Worldwide Web, and most notably – the chocolate bar counting amongst the best British inventions, we have every right to be proud.

 

But, and there’s always a ‘but’, one has to give credit where credit is due…

 

The Americans, William Gray and George Long, are widely recognized as the respective inventor and developer of the telephone booth (and please don’t call it a box, this is the correct term if you find yourself on the American side of the pond…) but this accreditation sat a bit sorely with fellow American, Thomas A. Watson.

 

Watson, whose name later became the first to be uttered over a telephone when Alexander Graham Bell famously called from the adjacent room to say, “Watson, come here, I want to see you”, could argue his stake to the claim of being the telephone booth inventor…

 

While assisting Bell in 1876 on the final stages of perfecting the telephone – ironing out the kinks in the chord as it were – Watson had to shout into the device to be heard on the other side of the line. This resulted in many a complaint and equally loud threats of bodily harm from the neighbours. Quick to recognize his imminent demise should he carry on shouting, Watson ensconced himself in blankets, soundproofing the delivery of his decibels, and in effect creating the world’s first phone booth.

 

Whichever way you look at it, the facts are that the first pay phone booth came into existence in the Hartford Bank, Connecticut in 1889. Gray’s pay phone device worked on a pay-when-you-are-done principle but Western Electric soon spotted the possible lack of income this system opened itself up to and in 1898 came up with the prepay system that is still in use today.

 

The booths proved so popular that four years later, in 1902, 81 000 of them existed in banks, railroad stations and upmarket hotels throughout the United States. Invented so the public can make private phone calls when out and about, the “out” part needed some work and in 1905 the first outdoor phone booth – made out of wood – was erected in Cincinnati. It wasn’t until much later, around 1950, when glass-paneled booths were implemented in America.

 

Although phone booths have for all intents and purposes become obsolete, there have been attempts to modernize and upcycle them. The city of Shanghai recently converted 500 phone booths to Wi-Fi hotspots, which at least, means the communication can carry on!

 

Even more modern is the Air3 Phone Booth. Drawing inspiration from its roots, the Air3 Phone Booth is all about making private public spaces but in a completely different design. With its soundproof glass, this acoustic phone booth can be installed in any office space and becomes the perfect spot for private calls, Skype interviews or just a space where you can escape the office madness.