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New iPad Security Accessory:

iPad flipIT by SMARTdesks-Supports iPad like a stand, flips under desktop for locked storage in SMARTdesks furniture or installs as a kit

Smartdesks introduces an iPad security feature-the iPad flipIT-that can be specified for most SMARTdesks furniture products, and is also available as a kit. iPad flipIT adjusts like a stand, offering locked security, better control in a classroom setting and protection against dropping.


Gallaudet University’s Harkin Computer Lab gets SMARTdesks computer classroom design makeover: Conference Tables, Motorized iMac Tables, Flip Top Tables and Laptop Tables

The Washington, DC-based Gallaudet University has historically offered the vanguard approach for meeting the academic needs of its students who are deaf and heard of hearing. Vital to communication, the advancements in computer technology and internet-based applications required the Harkin Computer Lab’s administrators to develop a new, progressive vision in furniture design and space planning layout. In collaboration, SMARTdesks designers and product engineers met the call.


SMARTdesks new generation classroom desksfor laptops, iPads, and touch screens: Quint …essential for flexible arrangement collaborative learning groups

Quint is the new five-sided cornerstone for classroom design, creating new formations for collaborative learning groups in flexible arrangement. A small, space-efficient footprint is exceptional for smaller classrooms. Options for user height, adjustable height, seated or standing and mobility make Quint essential for progressive classroom design. Technologically compatible with iPad, Kindle, touch screens and more!


New Design and Synergistic Collaboration Revitalize Gallaudet University’s Harkin Computer Lab

February ry 2013 – Private University Magazine and News feature article by John Kessell and Mira Korber. Describes the process of bringing a 1990s facility up to progressive standards in collaboration with the faculty of Gallaudet University.

Classroom Computer Labs and Conference Room Design in a Cloud by SMARTdesks

The SMARTdesks Design Cloud was developed to support the unique business model of making customized computer classroom furniture and computer conference tables for customers anywhere on the globe using the internet as a communication tool. It enables the SMARTdesks NCIDQ Qualified Design Team and Sales Team to collaborate with anyone having an internet connection. This process ensures that products will fit the facilities, the technology and the activities planned for the space. The Design Cloud facilitates a productive experience in collaboration with the SMARTdesks Design Team as it delivers these services to SMARTdesks customers free of charge and without any obligation to purchase.

SMARTdesks Launches iPad Accessories, Gives Away iGroup Collaboration Tables at Campus Technology 2012, Boston

SMARTdesks showcased Collaborative Learning Furniture and iPad Accessories at the Campus Technology 2012 Conference in Boston. Bank Street College of Education was the winner of the iGroup Giveaway, which was held at the SMARTdesks exhibit at the close of the show. The winning entry for a classroom of ten iGroup Collaboration Tables was drawn by Jeannie Crowley, representing Bank Street College of Education, New York. New products for iPad security in the classroom setting were launched: padMount, armPad and iDrawer.

New iPad Accessories from SMARTdesks- armPad iPad arm and iDrawer iPad Security Compartment

New iPad accessories from SMARTdesks. The armPad is a secure enclosure that is mounted to a full-featured arm. Perfect for the 21st Century classroom, supporting iPad as the standard for technology in education in a post-PC world. Available with standard security or “no home button” security to restrict use of apps to the one used in class. iDrawer is both a USB power source and a storage compartment for iPad security in the classroom.

SMARTdesks Introduces Cirrus, Ergonomic Height Adjustable ADA Compliance Computer Furniture

Height adjustable ADA compliance desks and tables from SMARTdesks’ new Cirrus line offer motorized flexibility and wheelchair mobility in classroom and office settings alike. With ratchet, pneumatic, spring pin, and motorized lift desk and table options, the versatile adjustable height system caters to the changing needs of everyday use in a variety of settings. K-12 and university education programs, integrates ADA compliance, and will find easy storability and organization ideal for a busy school environment. Office employees can comfortably work seated or standing and toggle between the two seamlessly with the new sit stand desk and table series. All Cirrus products are ADA compliant and wheelchair friendly furniture systems, therefore providing universal usage wherever a sit stand table, desk or workstation may be needed.

SMARTdesks Collaborative Conference Furniture Collection 2012 Creating Corporate Training Environments for Corporate Education

Corporate Training Environments by SMARTdesks-incorporating flexible use of technology and Collaborative Learning Methods-is presented as the SMARTdesks Collaborative Conference Furniture Collection 2012. Experience designing for Ivy League schools and institutions of higher learning around the world has driven product development at SMARTdesks. Corporate training environments are now being developed by leading corporations, identifying the need to foster professional standards for the corporate culture and reach consensus through group interaction using various, customized learning environments. Each requiring a custom solution, SMARTdesks offers a custom approach for each space, offering a team that includes ASID Certified interior design, product design, engineering and manufacturing to deliver and assemble environments ready for technology integration and comfortable, face-to-face communication. The Collection represents a starting point for customization. Each product is designed and built for each customer to specification. The process is conducted online with immediate response by SMARTdesks’ top line from design through delivery and on-site assembly.

SMARTdesks Shows iGroup® Collaborative Learning Furniture at School & College Building Expo 2012

SMARTdesks launches iGroup® Collaborative Learning Furniture January 24th at the School and College Building Expo 2012 at the Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This innovative computer table system is based on triangular iGroup elements® that go together to form a myriad of interactive shapes. Calling it “The Origami of interaction,” iGroup gives a creative, fun approach supporting collaborative learning in K-12 classrooms.

Making History: SMARTdesks Longitude Conference Table Coordinates NY Department of Records

The New York City Department of Records has invigorated its all-new Visitor Center by installing the efficient and aesthetic SMARTdesks Longitude Laptop Computer Conference Table for media users.

SMARTdesks Opens the iLid: A New Generation of Flip Computer Tables

SMARTdesks’s newest product, iLid, offers ultimate classroom flexibility in computer table systems. The LCD monitor flips open for immediate use and stows seamlessly back into a flat work surface. Keyboard and mouse storage tray offers easy unobtrusive access to technology resources.

Beyond Computer Desks-SMARTdesks Shows Exchange Collaboration Furniture at School & College Building Expo, Chicago Navy Pier, April 12-13, 2011

Universities are clamoring for Exchange(™) Collaboration Furniture because the modular system lets different table shapes be assembled from the same Exchange Element(™). Different shapes promote the flow of human interaction, and these shapes can be chosen based on the types of team building appropriate to the pedagogy of the collaborative teaching style, blended with the use of lecture. The computer tables are multi-use, designed with flipIT® for computer desks or flipIT Laptop Safe® for Laptop Tables. SMARTdesks® offers classroom interior design floor plans as part of its online collaboration with customers at no additional cost or obligation.

SMARTdesks Launches Exchange™ Collaboration Furniture for Collaborative Learning Classrooms

In answer to universities’ demand for furniture to support a new paradigm in education-collaborative learning studios-SMARTdesks® announces the launch of Exchange™ Collaboration Furniture- a conference table system that permits different collaboration shapes to be configured using unique modular table elements. Progressive universities are creating collaborative learning studios to enable faculty to make the transition from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side.” Instructors are becoming more than a delivery system of knowledge, becoming architects of intellectual experiences involving interaction, understanding of differences, consensus building and the achievement of common goals. Collaborative learning requires an environment for talking. Learning is inherently social. It is in talking that much of the learning occurs (Golub, 1988).The standard arrangement of furniture in rows with students facing forward are giving way to furniture that permits small groups of two to six to work together with a positive flow of exchange.

State Department Upgrades to iConference Computer Table for Multi-Use Conference, Training, and HR on-boarding

The SMARTdesks iConference Table installation at the State Department was successful in meeting the goals of the Bureau: multi-use options for computer use, video conferencing, computers stowed away with genuine flipIT. Met tight delivery deadline, and installation went smoothly. The Bureau enjoyed working with SMARTdesks’ proactive team to customize their iConference Table for their room, activities and technology. Communication was handled with SMARTdesks’ Customer Relationship Management system that lets the entire SMARTdesks team collaborate as required.

Classroom Design Included from SMARTdesks ASID Certified Interior Design Team

SMARTdesks adds interior design value for schools, colleges, universities and corporate training environments. Using the SMARTdesks web site as its portal, customers request design by describing their mission objectives, teaching methods, technology requirements and physical space. This starts a dialog with the SMARTdesks Design Center. Classroom layouts, in the form of CAD drawings which specify the furniture and locations for power and data in the space, support the architectural mission. Architects and technology integrators may also be the primary contacts for the client in driving the design process.

SMARTdesks launches LOCI™ Library Computer Carrels

A new twist on a mainstay library furniture product, LOCI™ Library Computer Carrels are distinctively designed for visual flow and can be configured at any of three working heights with options that include LED task lighting, and genuine, patented flipIT® products for convertible LCD workstations or Laptop Safes.

SMARTdesks Launches Computer Floor Product World-wide, Introduces Floor + Furniture Integration Technology FFITness Program

SMARTdesks® announces today that the raised access computer floor product-FFIT-is available from its online presence Driving demand for SMARTdesks® Computer Floor is a perfect storm of sweeping technology changes for office, school, business and government; budget constraints; and adoption of green building practices. The SMARTdesks FFITness Program coordinates furniture and computer floor outlet locations to serve the needs of the architectural space. The computer floor includes UL Approved power and outlets, allowing furniture installers to install the floor and electrical outlets without an electrician.

SMARTdesks Sets the Stage for Telepresence at infoComm10, Las Vegas

Smartdesks launches new “Be Present” furniture products for teleconferencing and collaboration at infoComm10, Las Vegas Convention Center, June 9-11, 2010. Boomerang™ studio 6 Teleconference Table for Telepresence, 7B Presence Theater™ Video Monitor Mobile Transport Stand-Cart, Presence Podium™, Viewpoint™ Mobile Teleconference Studio, Powerflor® Computer Floor for power and data cable management, iDrawer™ Locking Storage Drawer for iPad®, Netbook and mobile devices.