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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!

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.

Air3 Power and Data

 

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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 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.