Deutsche Telekom has become the first company to join the Konica Minolta Alliance Program for the development and marketing of solutions based on each company’s area of expertise. The first of these pairs Konica Minolta AIRe Lens smart glasses with an embedded connectivity module that provides seamless integration with mobile network services from Deutsche Telekom. The 5G-capable AIRe Lens hands-free AR solution is designed to speed up and simplify complex manual tasks in manufacturing or maintenance environments.
Resellers interested in developing a side-line in garment and merchandise printing might be interested in OKI’s new Pro9541WT five-colour Digital Toner Transfer Media Printer. The all-in-one A3+ printer provides CMYK+White output on textiles and hard surfaces, using transfer media, as well as traditional print media. Shu Watanabe, Vice President Industry Print, OKI Europe Ltd, said: “The Pro9541WT’s combination of industry-leading digital LED technology, CMYK+White toner printing capability and cutting-edge transfer media printing makes it possible for users to personalise almost anything from T-shirts and garments to ceramics, plastics and metal – delivering more choice for customers and opening-up potential new revenue streams for print businesses.”
Businesses no longer need worry about the fidelity of brand colours on their digital signage, following the launch by Benq of the world’s first digital signage display to be Pantone Validated. The mark gives reassurance that the 65in SL6502K display is able accurately to reproduce the full range of Pantone Matching System (PMS) colours.
Room to think
New to the European market, ROOM supplies ventilated, soundproof phone booths to more than 2,000 companies in the US, including NASA, Google, Uber, Amazon, Nike, JP Morgan, Apple and Samsung. The booths, each made from more than 1,000 recycled plastic bottles, provide quiet areas in open plan offices where staff can concentrate, be creative or make private phone calls. ROOM booths are supplied flat-packed and can be assembled by two people in just one hour. They can be bought online for £3,295, with free delivery and free returns.
Private spaces for public places
My Work Booth is a rentable, soundproof room within a public space where users can work, take phone calls, charge their portable devices and hold face-to-face meetings/interviews or video calls. The concept was developed by Neil Jenkins, who has over two decades of experience in the furniture industry. He said: “I was spending all my time between appointments in cafés, looking for the nearest power point. Making professional calls was impossible with all the loud music and chatter. I saw a gap in the market for a rentable quiet space where you could get some proper work done.” My Work Booths can be booked via a dedicated app, with prices starting at £12 for fifteen minutes.
Evoko Pusco is an all-in-one display for public spaces, with customisable accent lighting and distinctive wooden legs. Developed by Evoko, the Swedish manufacturer of office space management solutions, it combines an eye-catching design with a simple user interface and choice of templates that enables anyone in an organisation to display content in an engaging way. Perfect for greeting customers in reception areas, driving employee engagement through project updates or displaying the latest news/twitter feeds, Evoko Pusco is available in two variants – the Pusco Floor and the Pusco Wall. There are no licensing costs or subscription fees.
Made for smartphones
Is this the stage set of the future? On the basis that people tend to engage with their smartphones vertically, Samsung chose to mark the opening of the 22,000sq ft Samsung KX multi-sensory experience centre in King’s Cross with the world’s first ‘vertical stage’ gig. Performed by Mabel, it featured a three-storey, 9.1 metre high stage designed to make it easy for audience members to capture, view and share every element of the performance instantly on their smartphone.
Compact and energy-efficient
Toshiba claims that its new XD5 series of Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSDs gives MSPs a cost-effective replacement for SATA-based data centres (DC). Offering comparable or better performance than a SATA-based offering and a lower operational expenditure (OPEX) than high-end NVMe drives, the XD5 series has been designed from the ground up to meet the needs of DC providers. It is available in a choice of form factors, with capacities from 960GB to 3.84TB, and, because it consumes up to three times less energy than enterprise class NVMe drives, it produces less heat enabling a more compact server design.