Workspace interiors group Zentura is addressing the growing requirement for video-based collaboration with the launch of a new family of video, meeting and collaboration pods. The Zenconnect range includes four models – the Pitch Pod (for single users), Meet Pod, Present Pod and the Teleport Pod for teleportation to a remote XR Smartstage. All are de-mountable and boast high-quality audio and video, acoustics, lighting and screens. Custom options are available.
Label printers as a service
In a further development of its labelling range, Brother UK has launched a hardware-as-a-service platform that enables resellers to offer its labellers on a predictable monthly subscription with no large upfront cost, yet still receive payment upfront and retain ownership of devices. The Managed Label Service (MLS) simplifies the creation of custom quotes that spread the cost of Brother label printers, third party hardware, software, servicing and supplies over a monthly payment plan.
Print a porter
Launched in the UK this month, Ricoh’s new Direct to Garment Printer, the Ri 2000, enables users to print virtually any digital image on T-shirts, polo shirts, face masks, hoodies, tote bags, cushion covers and other garments and fabric accessories at resolutions of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. Dual carriages (each with four inkjet printheads), one for printing white and the other for CMYK, enable users to produce printed products in just 33 seconds in speed mode and 48 seconds in fine mode – with excellent output quality on both light and dark materials. The Ricoh Ri 2000’s advertised RRP of £19,995 includes warranty, inks, delivery, installation, training and ColorGATE RIP.
ID cards on demand
Following a 45% increase in demand for in-house ID card printing, Digital ID has launched a card printer bundle for organisations that need a quick turnaround due to coronavirus. The bundle gives businesses everything they need to produce a full colour plastic ID card in just 23 seconds (using images from a PC or smartphone), including an EasyBadge 2.0 printer, colour ribbon, biodegradable plastic cards, software and mobile app. For extra security, users can add a customisable anti-counterfeit SmartMark overlay (provided as standard) or an optional ribbon that adds a UV layer to the card. For every printer ribbon sold, Digital ID will plant a tree with www.onetreeplanted.org
Ideas that stick
The Smart Sticky Note Printer is one of the first concepts available for pre-order through the Day 1 Editions Build It programme – Amazon’s answer to crowdfunding sites like kickstarter. Designed to work with Alexa, the printer’s voice-to-print technology makes it easy to print shopping lists, to-do lists, reminders or fun items like puzzles. Because it uses thermal paper, there is no need for ink or toner.
UK ICT solutions provider Stone Group has entered a three-year partnership with the National Forest to help fulfil its commitment to support the planting of at least 400 trees a year on behalf of customers who recycle old IT equipment through the Stone 360 app. The app allows organisations to arrange collection of of IT equipment for recycling/refurbishment at Stone’s dedicated IT asset disposal (ITAD) facility. Users can either cash in the value of their recycled goods or collect points to set against the purchase of refurbished or new IT. For every 1,000 points collected, Stone will add a tree to the customer’s ‘virtual woodland’, viewable on the app, and make a donation to the National Forest, which covers 200 square miles in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Sharpen up your image
Conferencing specialist Konftel has launched a compact business webcam for notebook and desktop PC users who demand professional quality personal video meetings, at home or in the office. Featuring a 90° field of view, two built-in microphones and full HD picture quality, the plug and play Konftel Cam10 helps users project a professional image thanks to rapid autofocus, picture noise reduction, low light capabilities and the perfect viewing angle for natural eye contact when the device is placed on top of a screen. A mechanical shutter functions as a built-in lens cap for privacy and security.