How Can You Create Privacy in an Open Office?

Plus, the HP Jet Fusion 300/500 3-D printers produce functional full-color parts, and Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon has up to 15 hours battery life.

by / March 2018

Quiet, Please

VANK_WALL acoustic pods are designed to provide more privacy in open space offices by offering efficient soundproofing through structural design and sound-absorbing materials. The pods may serve as phone booths, places to relax, as briefing rooms for small teams and as video conference rooms. VANK_WALL pods are available as options for one, two/three, four and six people. All sizes feature an LED lighting system, a ventilation system and a media port adapted to the user’s needs. Pods for one person are equipped with a laptop shelf, and the largest option offers enough space for a table and a set of chairs. The body of the pod is upholstered with sound-absorbing wool, as is the floor covering. Additional soundproofing is achieved with high-quality glass. The wall pods come in many combinations: with one or two glass walls, with the body upholstered on one side or two sides.

3-D Print Powerhouse

The HP Jet Fusion 300/500 Series of 3-D printers produce functional parts in full color, black or white. The Jet Fusion 340 (black and white)/380 (color) is intended for customers who have smaller part-size needs or who commonly print fewer parts per build. The Jet Fusion 540 (black and white)/580 (color) produces a bigger build size (up to 7.5 x 13.1 x 9.8 inches) than the 300 series (up to 7.5 x 10 x 9.8 inches) for customers who have larger part-size needs or heavier production demands. Both machines produce engineering-grade thermoplastic parts with optimal mechanical properties.

Laptop Power

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop supports Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) imaging on a 14-inch display. The laptop features a Global LTE-A wireless connectivity option and up to 15 hours of battery life. With the Rapid Charge battery, a one-hour charge adds up to 12 more hours of laptop operation. The X1 Carbon has up to 1 TB SSD OPAL PCIe TLC of storage and up to 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz of memory. An anti-spoofing fingerprint reader and facial recognition help provide additional device security. New USB-C mechanical side docking eases connectivity. The laptop is Amazon Alexa-enabled, allowing users to play music, get news, control their smart home or shop using only their voice.





Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor

Miriam Jones is chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines. She joined e.Republic in 2000 as an editor of Converge magazine.