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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 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.

Booths Begotten: The history of the telephone box

William Gray, in 1889, decided that when a man is about town he needs to be able to phone his friends and tell them about his fun. The solution? He simply designed the world’s first payphone and box.

These telephone boxes were placed in busy public areas, railroad stations and fancy hotels to lure in more callers and proved so successful that it took a mere four years before it crossed the Atlantic and found its first British home near Staple Inn in High Holborn in 1903.

In 1920 the UK Post Office introduced the first standardized telephone kiosk (inventively named the K1…). There was no messing about with this design as the models were cast from concrete.

Sadly, very few K1‘s still exist today due to the public’s dissatisfaction of these concrete monstrosities. The London Metropolitan Boroughs were in fact so upset that a competition organised by the Royal Fine Arts Commission was held to find a more acceptable design. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s design won and by 1926 the K2, in its familiar red splendor, dotted up in London.

Only three years later, Scott introduced the K3 – a similar in design but constructed out of concrete. The colour scheme involved a lot of cream and only dashes of red.

The K4, designed by the Post Office Engineering Department in 1927, even included a post box and a stamp-dispensing machine. What more could a Londoner ask for?

The K5, introduced in 1935, was made from plywood and had a rather short shelf live as the K6 appeared only a year later in commemoration of the silver jubilee of King George V and soon took over Britain in a wave of red.

Two, more modern versions, the K7 and K8 were used as replacements for faulty, older models.

This brings us to the KX (The 9 got skipped for reasons unbeknownst…). In 1980 Post Office Telephones were rebranded as British Telecoms and would be painted yellow. After a public outcry and a turn in Parliament, it was decreed that the Telephone Box remain red.

With the rise of the cellphone around this time, the sad demise of the telephone box was inevitable.

With the design of the Air3 however, a leaf was taken straight out of William Gray’s book and the decision was that a phone box was still needed. In the office. They came up with the Office Phone Booth – for all those private and confidential phone calls you need to make. It also doubles up nicely as a secluded little spot where you can escape the office antics and take a well-deserved moment of respite.

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It seems then, that the phone box will live on!

Have a look here at the new Air3 meeting pod range.

 

Walter Koscielniak [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons