Welcome back to our series on the 2018 NeoCon event. If you missed part 1, it can be found here.
Sometimes you come across a product or booth that may not speak to a particular trend or movement in the design world, but it’s pretty cool all the same. This installment of What I Did on my Summer Vacation will focus on those products that made me stop and say, “wow!”
The Juice Mobile Power Strip by Bretford
Designed specifically for classroom and educational use, this product probably also has a wider use range than just that market. Each 12 foot track is designed to be plugged into an outlet to extend the range of how far you can be from the wall and still plug in your laptop. It also provides convenient floor power without having to rip up existing floor or build a floating floor. Need a longer distance? No problem, the units can be daisy chained together to provide flexibility.
Designtex’s Celliant Upholstery Fabric
Celliant fibers have been around since 2008, but have seen a renewed interest in recent years. Designtex has released a collection of upholstery fabric backed in these fibers that collect the heat given off by the human body and reflect it back as infrared light, promoting increased circulation and blood oxygenation. This fabric won a Gold award for upholstery fabric in the Best of NeoCon competion.
PIXA Cube Light from Sensitile
Apologies for the blurry picture, but I couldn’t resist this light fixture using Sensitile’s PIXA material. This particular pattern is made from terrazzo with little bits of optical plastic that is made partially from recycled plastic from the manufacture of some of their other products. It can be used towards LEED points. Very mod, very green.
VR and AR Support for Configura CET Designer
If you’ve taken the FF&E class, you know about Configura CET Designer. It’s a nifty little piece of software that allow you to design in both 2D and 3D simultaneously can produce photo-realistic renderings. In the US it’s mostly used for commercial projects, but also has a strong kitchen and bath presence in Europe. The coolest part is that in now supports Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Using a $20 headset and either your phone (or a cheap refurbished one, as long as it has wifi) you can put your client in the room and space, it’s definitely an on-trend alternative to fly-through videos.
A partner company has also allowed for the use of Augmented Reality in conjunction with Configura CET Designer through use of an iPad. Scan a CET drawing with the iPad and show it to your clients on the screen in multiple scales, including 1:1. This means that you can show a client what the furniture selections would look like in an already built environment.
There are many more interesting products than I can post here, but there is my top 4!
Interested in going to NeoCon yourself? Next year’s NeoCon takes place June 10-12, 2019.
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